Open menu

Nanotechnology General News

The latest news from academia, regulators
research labs and other things of interest

Posted: Apr 10, 2012

New report: Assessment tools for nanomaterials

(Nanowerk News) The German Ministry of the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU) has published a new report "Instrumente zur Bewertung von Nanomaterialien" (pdf, in German) which summarizes the discussion and results of the German NanoCommission's work and the Stakeholder Dialogue "Risk management in the nano world".
A summary of the report is also available in English: "Assessment tools for nanomaterials" (pdf).
Background
Since 2006, the German Ministry of the Environment, Nature Protection and Nuclear Safety (BMU) supports a continuous information and experience exchange between stakeholder groups with the German NanoDialogue. In this context the German NanoCommission was appointed in order to consult the German federal government on the responsible use of nanomaterials. Stakeholders from industry, science, authorities and civil society groups were involved in the discussions and have contributed to the final reports and recommendations.
The NanoCommission worked in two consecutive dialogue phases (2006 2008 and 2009 2011). Selected topics were discussed in-depth in working groups. At the end of the second dialogue phase, the NanoCommission recommended to continue the discussion in form of topic-focused events. The organisational set-up of the third dialogue phase was therefore changed respectively. The current third dialogue phase started in December 2011 and ends in November 2012.
The first two-day FachDialogue was held under the topic "Risk management in the nano world". Approximately 20 representatives of different interest groups took part and discussed the relationship between preliminary assessment tools for nanomaterials and nanoproducts and the regulatory framework. In addition, options to promote the use of preliminary assessment tools were discussed. This report summarizes the development process of preliminary assessment tools for nanomaterials and nanoproducts
by the NanoCommission and its working groups. It also includes the results of the first FachDialog "Risk management in the nano world". The German version of the report contains a second part, which is a short guidance document to support the selection of preliminary assessment tools for nanomaterials and nanoproducts. Since this guidance only supports the selection of German tools, it is not translated to English.
Source: BMU
If you liked this article, please give it a quick review on reddit or StumbleUpon. Thanks!
Check out these other trending stories on Nanowerk:

Subscribe to a free copy of one of our daily
Nanowerk Newsletter Email Digests
with a compilation of all of the day's news.