Posted: January 18, 2010

ENRHES report provides in-depth examination of nanomaterials safety

(Nanowerk News) A comprehensive and authoritative review of the health and environmental safety of engineered nanomaterials has been published by a consortium led by Edinburgh Napier University and the Institute of Occupational Medicine ("Engineered Nanoparticles - Review of Health & Environmental Safety (ENRHES)").
The ENRHES project has performed a comprehensive and critical scientific review of the health and environmental safety of fullerenes, carbon nanotubes (CNTs), metal and metal oxide nanomaterials. The review considers sources, pathways of exposure, the health and environmental outcomes of concern, in the context illustrating the state-of-the-art in the field and informing the regulation of the potential risks of engineered nanoparticles.
The review has been conducted by a consortium of leading experts with established track-records in experimental science, engagement with industry and regulators, and conducting review activities. On the basis of this review, prioritised recommendations have been developed and set in the context of informing policy makers in the development of methods to address exposure as it relates to the potential hazards posed by engineered nanoparticles, and in the development of appropriate regulation. The ENRHES project contributes directly to the health and environmental safety weight-of-evidence that is needed by industry, regulators and users of nanomaterials.
Source: SafeNano, IOM