Education and information resources and materials for European Researchers' Night and other events - Contributions from GOV4NANO, NANORIGO and RISKGONE
Read-across approaches, which are currently absent for NMs, in large part as a result of data fragmentation and inaccessibility, would reduce the cost of nanosafety research and regulation dramatically by removing the need for extensive laboratory and animal testing.
The availability of a nanosafety knowledge infrastructure, that organises and visualises data and data relationships, makes it accessible, integrates computational tools for risk assessment and decision support, enables their validation and facilitates the necessary grouping will be a critical factor in reducing regulatory costs.
The H2020 Infrastructures project, NanoCommons, addresses this gap by creating a community framework and infrastructure for reproducible science, and in particular for in silico workflows for nanomaterials safety assessment and beyond.
RiskGONE (Science-based Risk Governance of Nano-Technology) is an EU H2020 project aiming at providing solid procedures for consistent risk governance of engineered nanomaterials.
Project partners will develop new tools or modify existing ones to identify with better certainty the environmental and human health impacts of a number of nanomaterials. These tools and the results of tests using them will then be integrated into the work of a European Risk Governance Council (ERGC), a group of individuals with different areas of expertise on nanomaterials tasked to provide governance decisions on the safety of the specific materials. A risk governance framework, made up of the tools and the ERGC, will be developed to address nanomaterial safety governance in a coherent and scientifically robust way.
The Gov4Nano project will develop the first implementation of a future-proof operational Nano Risk Governance Model (NRGM) that addresses the needs of the transdisciplinary field and innovative (and key enabling) character of nanotechnology. The overarching aim is to develop a proof of concept of an efficient and effective risk governance process for nanotechnologies, dealing with the legacy as well as future technological developments.
BIORIMA aims to develop an Integrated Risk Management (IRM) framework for NBM used in ATMP and MD. The BIORIMA IRM framework is a structure upon which the validated tools and methods for materials, exposure, hazard and risk identification/assessment and management are allocated plus a rationale for selecting and using them to manage and reduce the risk for specific NBM used in ATMP and MD. This collection of training and education materials has been produced by BIORIMA project partners
The NANORIGO (NANOtechnology RIsk GOvernance) project is developing and implementing a transparent, transdisciplinary and active Risk Governance Framework (RGF) for manufactured nanomaterials and nano-enabled products. The training materials in this collection are designed to provide information on the RGF and its application and appropriate approaches to risk governance. NanoRIGO aims to incorporate different perspectives in the training materials, including: academic research, industry, NGOs, standards, regulation, and insurance. In doing so, we aim to facilitate understanding and common purpose between different stakeholder groups. The stakeholder groups are:
In addition to electronic study material, this collection will include a number of videos to introduce the RGF and its application, interviews with key stakeholders on its importance and relevance, animated videos describing NANORIGO, and for young people, scenarios where they can roleplay different stakeholder groups involved in deliberating nano-risk governance.