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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".
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
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