A number of German institutions have jointly published a report providing a ‘set of recommendations for future safety assessments of nanomaterials’. Entitled Nanotechnology – Health and Environmental Risks of Nanomaterials, the document drew its conclusions by analysing ‘over 80 [national] research projects on nanomaterials’.
Some of the recommendations put forward include:
- ‘Develop adequate measurement methods for risk assessment
- Develop reference materials for exposure assessment…
- Validate and harmonise test and evaluation strategies [nationally]…
- Develop screening tests for adverse health and environmental risks at an early stage of material innovation
- Develop ideas for labelling single nanomaterials…
- [Group] nanomaterials based on their properties [in order] to reduce the number of complex single investigations’
This report was put together by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), the Federal Environment Agency, and the National Metrology Institute (PTB).
Follow this link to read the full report (in German).