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. The number of visiting to the website is increased to 192,852 (the latest updated date: Nov 26, 2015). The website, which demonstrates the achievements of nano-EHS related research projects in Taiwan and promotes the international interaction and collaboration, has received good feedbacks and comments from international community.
Up to now, 197 full articles for research reports (increased 15 articles this year) and 880 research papers in abstract (increased 139 papers) have been uploaded in the Chinese website. In addition, 163 abstracts for research reports (increased 6 articles) and 663 SCI papers (increased 101 papers) with the links to the publishers’ websites have been uploaded in the English website, which demonstrates fruitful results in the nanotechnology EHS area in Taiwan. The main sponsor of SCI papers in the database is the Ministry of Science and Technology, while the main research area if these papers is treatment. The analysis of the comparison of database between Taiwan nanotechnology EHS database and ICON can be used a basis to develop nano-EHS related studies in Taiwan.
To understand the research directions in domestic and international nano-EHS issues, recent advances on nano-EHS related issues in three topical areas were reviwed, including the regulations and policies of nanotechnology, the impacts of nanomaterials on environment and health, and the exposure assessment of nanomaterial in working place. Two ISO standards (ISO/TS 16550:2014 and ISO/TR 16197:2014) and one report of OECD (ENV/JM/MONO(2014)34) were also reviewed. By incorporating with the reviewed standards and guidelines in the past four-year projects, the international trend of the development of nano-EHS related issues can be followed and understood.
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 number of subscription of e-paper is 563.
To strengthen the risk perception and the communication of nanotechnology, the "2015 Environmental Nanotechnology Forum" was held on June 15, 2015 at GIS NTU conference center, Taipei. The experts from the Institute of Labor, Occupational Safety And Health, 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. The Taiwan EPA's research achievements in the past year were also presented to different domestic stakeholders through paper presentations and discussion. From industry, government, academia and research institutions, there were 189 people registered and 162 people (45 government agencies, 63 industry, 4 foundation, 45 academic unit, 3 environmental groups, 3 individual) 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 Professor Chen-Chi Ma from the department of chemical engineering of the National Tsing Hua University and Perng-Jy Tsai from the department of environmental and occupational health medical college of the National Cheng Kung University. The interview reports were prepared in both Chinese and English. This year, the PI represented our country to attend the Asia Nano Safe Forum (ANF) held simultaneously at 7th NanOEH, International Symposium on Nanotechnology, Occupational and Environmental Health, 2015/10/18-22. The forum was chaired by Prof. Paul Wright of RMIT University in Australia, represetnatives of Japan, Korea and our country also joined the forum to share the latest development of nanosafety research of their own country. The PI introduced the inter-agency nano-EHS research achievements in Taiwan EPA, MOHW, MOL, NHRI, BSMI and ITRI. The scholars and officials attending the forum were all impressed by our nation's achievements in nano-EHS research.