Source: Particle and Fibre Toxicology – Publication date: October 2005
The rapid proliferation of many different engineered nanomaterials presents a dilemma to regulators regarding hazard identification. The International Life Sciences Institute Research Foundation/Risk Science Institute convened an expert working group to develop a screening strategy for the hazard identification of engineered nanomaterials. The working group report presents the elements of a screening strategy rather than a detailed testing protocol.
This NIOSH Nanotechnology Research and Guidance Strategic Plan is the roadmap being used to advance basic understanding of the toxicology and workplace exposures involved so that appropriate risk management practices can be implemented during discovery, development, and commercialization of engineered nanomaterials.
Source: ICON International Council on Nanotechnoogy – Publication date: October 2006
In this Phase One report, global efforts to document current practices (e.g., 'best practices') and to establish risk assessment frameworks are compiled and summarized. The reviewed efforts are critically evaluated for their approaches, completeness and foci. They are then compared to the efforts planned by the UCSB team for Phase Two of this project, and recommendations are made, where necessary, for the latter.
Source: International Risk Governance Council (IRGC) – Publication date: December 2008
A multi-stakeholder expert workshop (with representatives from regulators, industry, academia and consumer groups) was held in late April 2008 to discuss key issues and to develop risk governance policy guidelines for nanotechnology applications in food and cosmetics. This report covers the workshop and subsequent developments.
Source: European Agency for Safety and Health at Work – Publication date: June 2012
This literature review shows that there are also serious gaps in the awareness of the potential risks involved in handling manufactured nanomaterials in the workplace, and serious shortcomings in the way that those risks are communicated to the workplace.
Source: National Science and Technology Council – Publication date: February 2008
The Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council's Committee on Technology released a document describing the National Nanotechnology Initiative'€s (NNI) strategy for addressing priority research on the environment, health and safety (EHS) aspects of nanomaterials.
Source: Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue – Publication date: June 2007
This document reports on the discussions undertaken at the Conference "The Risk Governance of Nanotechnology: Recommendations for Managing a Global Issue" held at the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue on July 6-7, 2006. Stakeholders from industry, government, research and civil society gathered to give feedback on the International Risk Governance Council White Paper on Nanotechnology Risk Governance and to explore how its recommendations could be implemented.
Source: European Parliament, Scientific Technology Options Assessment (STOA) – Publication date: April 2007
Currently, nanotechnologies are not contributing exceptionally to an increase in the substitution of hazardous substances for safer ones. However, experts believe that this could well change in the future. These are two of the messages coming out of a study by STOA, the European Parliament's Scientific Technology
Options Assessment committee, on the role of nanotechnology in chemical substitution.