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RVIM Report 2014

The Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) has published a new report which describes and assesses the current state of affairs with regards to the development and use of nanomaterials/nanoparticles, including the ability to assess possible human and environmental toxicological risks.


The report includes an overview of the current European regulatory regime for nanomaterials, and then focuses on the current state of affairs in risk assessment and toxicology. General insights have been amplified for some distinct fields such as consumer products, food, medical applications, workplace applications and the environment.


According to the authors, the risks associated with products currently under development have to provisionally be examined within certain confines to be able to make an assessment of them, and there is a need to adopt a more pragmatic approach. The rapid pace of new developments makes it necessary to continue devoting attention to how risk assessments must be designed and to how to deal with the uncertainty surrounding potential risks. It is suggested that new approaches like 'safe innovation', that make product safety part of the innovation process, are helpful, and an effective system and assessment framework is necessary for the long haul. Key components, the authors suggest, are data about the behaviour of nanoparticles and nanomaterials and knowledge of how to predict their properties......


The complete article can be accessed via the following link http://www.safenano.org/news/news-articles/rivm-publishes-new-report-assessing-health-and-environmental-risks-of-nanoparticles/


Direct Link to the Report (PDF, 2.2 MB)

Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (2014). Assessing health and environmental risks of nanoparticles - current state of affairs in policy, science and areas of application. RIVM Report 2014-0157


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The chapters on release, exposure, uptake and behavior of nanomaterials in the human body and in the environment as well as the risk assessment will give you a first overview.



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