NIA encourages EFSA to support sound Science through an Interactive Approach to Risk Assessment
The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) congratulated the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on the publication of its Draft Scientific Opinion on Guidance on risk assessment concerning potential risks arising from applications of nanoscience and nanotechnologies to food and feed; the NIA specifically acknowledge the sound scientific foundation the draft opinion was based upon.
In its detailed comments submitted to the Public Consultation on the EFSA Draft Scientific Opinion, the NIA applauded the EFSA Scientific Committee for highlighting the necessity to consider ongoing efforts in the research community, when noting that '[a]ppropriate in vitro and in vivo studies on the ENM should be undertaken to identify hazards and obtain dose-response data to characterise the hazards. Some test models and standard testing protocols used for non-nanoform substances may not necessarily be appropriate or optimal for the testing of ENM, and ongoing efforts in the research community are currently addressing these issues'. (quote lines 56-59 EFSA Draft Scientific Opinion). In support of this, the NIA pointed out that the current work at the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) is of particular value in this context.
In order to support and maintain the proactive, science-based effort provided in its guidance, the NIA encouraged EFSA to provide a more interactive format for the submission and interactive review of the 'supplementary and specific information required on the potential additional hazards and risks that may arise from the nanoform' (quote lines 42-43 EFSA Draft Scientific Opinion), which this ENM Guidance is indicating. Such an interactive process between those that submit data/information for approval and the relevant risk assessors responsible for approval would, in the first instance, help to identify those applications for which no further data/information is required.
Registered NIA Members can download the full NIA Comment on the EFSA Draft Scientific Opinion. Members and non-Members can read more about the consultation run by EFSA.