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Risk Governance of Nanotechnology

Objective

Engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) are covered by REACH/CLP regulations; the general opinion is that the risk assessment (RA) approach routinely used for conventional chemicals is also applicable to ENMs. However, as acknowledged by OECD and ECHA, the OECD and ISO Test Guidelines (TGs) and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) need to be verified and adapted to be applicable to ENMs. RiskGONE will support the standardization and validation process for ENM by evaluating, optimizing and pre-validating SOPs and TGs and integrating them into a framework for risk governance (RG) of ENMs. The framework will comprise modular tools and will rely heavily on current strategies for the RA of conventional chemicals, complemented by methods for estimating environmental, social and economic benefits. It will incorporate ethical aspects and societal risk perception and will manage acceptable and unacceptable risks through transfer or mitigation. The focus of RiskGONE will be to produce nano-specific draft guidance documents for application to ENM RA; or, alternatively, to suggest ameliorations to OECD, ECHA, and ISO/CEN SOPs or guidelines. Rather than producing assays and methods ex novo, this will be achieved through Round Robin exercises and multimodal testing of OECD TGs and ECHA methods supporting the “Malta-project”, and on methods not yet considered by OECD. This process will be accelerated by guidance documents for data storage/curation/accessibility optimisation, applied to well-characterized reference ENMs typifying the main physicochemical and toxicological features of ENMs. A transparent, self-sustained RG council, representing EU stakeholders, member states, industry and civil society, will be established. The RG framework and methods developed by RiskGONE will be transferred to the RG council, which will act as a science-based governance body for ENMs safety and provide responsible 2-way communication with stakeholders and civil society, based on high quality information.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/political science/government systems/civil society
  • /social sciences/sociology/governance

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-TO-IND-2018
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING STIFTELSE
Address
Instituttveien 18
2027 Kjeller
Norway
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 946 208,44

Participants (21)

LUXEMBOURG INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY
Luxembourg
EU contribution
€ 344 766,25
Address
5 Avenue Des Hauts Fourneaux
4362 Esch Sur Alzette
Activity type
Research Organisations
Institut za medicinska istrazivanja i medicinu rada
Croatia
EU contribution
€ 106 140
Address
Ksaverska 2
10000 Zagreb
Activity type
Research Organisations
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DEINVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
EU contribution
€ 159 045
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITETET I BERGEN
Norway
EU contribution
€ 278 896,25
Address
Museplassen 1
5020 Bergen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 302 625
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
SWANSEA UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 325 607,50
Address
Singleton Park
SA2 8PP Swansea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
QSAR LAB SPOLKA Z OGRANICZONA ODPOWIEDZIALNOSCIA
Poland
EU contribution
€ 208 125
Address
Al Grunwaldzka 190/102
80-266 Gdansk
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 255 127,50
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 179 935
Address
Dorsoduro 3246
30123 Venezia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL CITIZENS ORGANISATION FOR STANDARDISATION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 151 500
Address
Rue D'edimbourg 26
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
IDEACONSULT LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY
Bulgaria
EU contribution
€ 198 131,25
Address
Angel Kanchev 4
1000 Sofia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
FUNDACION CIDETEC
Spain
EU contribution
€ 127 625
Address
Paseo Miramon 196 Parque Tecnologico De Miramon
20014 San Sebastian
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITEIT MAASTRICHT
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 221 270
Address
Minderbroedersberg 4-6
6200 MD Maastricht
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NOVAMECHANICS LIMITED
Cyprus
EU contribution
€ 277 500
Address
Prigkipissis Nte Tyras 16 Karantoki Building 5Th Floor Flat/office 13-14
1065 Nicosia
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MALSCH NEELINA HERMINA
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 65 155
Address
Albatrosstraat 36
3582 EX Utrecht
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
TRANSGERO LIMITED
Ireland
EU contribution
€ 199 804
Address
Naomh Treasa Cullinagh Newcastle West
V42V384 Limerick
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
DECHEMA GESELLSCHAFT FUER CHEMISCHE TECHNIK UND BIOTECHNOLOGIE E.V.
Germany
EU contribution
€ 179 375
Address
Theodor Heuss Allee 25
60486 Frankfurt
Activity type
Research Organisations
IRAN NANOTECHNOLOGY INITIATIVE COUNCIL
Iran
EU contribution
€ 50 850
Address
9, Motevallian Blvd., Habibollahb St., Sattarkhan
1455693981 Tehran
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
FACTOR SOCIAL - CONSULTORIA EM PSICO - SOCIOLOGIA E AMBIENTE LDA
Portugal
EU contribution
€ 221 681,25
Address
Av Luis Bivar N 85 C
1050 143 Lisboa
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
AGENCE NATIONALE DE LA SECURITE SANITAIRE DE L ALIMENTATION DE L ENVIRONNEMENT ET DU TRAVAIL
France
EU contribution
€ 162 800
Address
14 Rue Pierre Et Marie Curie
94700 Maisons Alfort
Activity type
Research Organisations
HOGSKULEN PA VESTLANDET
Norway
EU contribution
€ 37 812,50
Address
Inndalsveien 28
5020 Bergen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments