Towards a Consensus View on Understanding Nanomaterials Hazards and Managing Exposure: Knowledge Gaps and Recommendations

Hunt, Geoffrey and Lynch, Iseult and Cassee, Fleming and Handy, Richard D. and Fernandes, Teresa F. and Berges, Markus and Kuhlbusch, Thomas A.J. and Dusinka, Maria and Riediker, Michael (2013) Towards a Consensus View on Understanding Nanomaterials Hazards and Managing Exposure: Knowledge Gaps and Recommendations. Materials, 6 (3). pp. 1090-1117. ISSN 1996-1944

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The aim of this article is to present an overview of salient issues of exposure, characterisation and hazard assessment of nanomaterials as they emerged from the consensus-building of experts undertaken within the four year European Commission coordination project NanoImpactNet. The approach adopted is to consolidate and condense the findings and problem-identification in such a way as to identify knowledge-gaps and generate a set of interim recommendations of use to industry, regulators, research bodies and funders. The categories of recommendation arising from the consensual view address: significant gaps in vital factual knowledge of exposure, characterisation and hazards; the development, dissemination and standardisation of appropriate laboratory protocols; address a wide range of technical issues in establishing an adequate risk assessment platform; the more efficient and coordinated gathering of basic data; greater inter-organisational cooperation; regulatory harmonization; the wider use of the life-cycle approaches; and the wider involvement of all stakeholders in the discussion and solution-finding efforts for nanosafety.

Item Type: Journal Article
Subjects: 100 Philosophy & psychology > 170 Ethics
600 Technology > 601 Technology philosophy & theory
School/Department: School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Jonathan Lucas
Date Deposited: 21 Aug 2013 14:12
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2013 14:12


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