The goal of this project is to maintain the website of "Taiwan nanotechnology EHS database"(http://ehs.epa.gov.tw/) and provide data and information by integrating the international and domestic research achievements on nano-EHS related issues. Recent advances on nano-EHS related issues in five topical areas and in ISO and OECD were reviewed, compiled and updated in the web page.
Four issues of e-papers were issued. Members can receive the latest nano-EHS news, nano-EHS knowledge, recent activities and the announcement of the next issue through e-mails, retrieve and read the fulltexts and track the historical files at the exclusive e-paper zone in the website. The numbers of members and visitors continue to increase this year. So far, the website has attracted 448 member registrations, including 118 experts in nano-EHS related issues. The number of visiting to the website is increased to 33880 (The statistics date is Dec. 19, 2012).
Referring to the nano-EHS research strategies and research themes of USEPA, considering domestic resource constraint, previous research achievements, and the research activities of other domestic agencies, the "2013 Global Strategic Plan for Responsible Nanotechnology" was re-written in both Chinese and English versions and the the review meeting was held with domestic experts.
To strengthen the risk perception and the communication of nanotechnology, the "2012 Environmental Nanotechnology Forum" was held on October 19, 2012 at GIS NTU conference center, Taipei. At the beginning, experts from Council of Labor Affairs, Environmental Protection Bureau, Department of Health, Industrial Technology Research Institute and universities representing industry, government, academia and research sectors were invited hold the round table forum to discuss the domestic progress on nano-EHS policy, regulation, standards, guidelines and research achievements. and EPA's research achievements in the past year were presented to different domestic stakeholders through paper presentations and discussion. From industry, government, academia and research institutions, there were 175 people registered and 139 people actually attended the forum for fruitful knowledge dissemilation and risk communication on nano-EHS issues. Finally, to promote the international interactions and introduce the domestic nano-EHS research achievements, two experts in the nano-EHS field were interviewed, including Dr. Tsing-Tang Song from the Nano Technology Research Center of the Industrial Technology Research Institute, and Dr. Saou-Hsing Liou from the Division of Environmental Health and Occupational Medicine, National Health Research Institute. The interview reports were prepared in both Chinese and English.