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October 6, 2022

Conference on Future-Proof Approaches for Risk Governance Will Be Held in January 2023

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

NANORIGO, RiskGONE, and Gov4Nano, in collaboration with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD) Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN), will hold a conference in January 2023 on “Future-proof Approaches for Risk Governance.” According to NANORIGO’s September 14, 2022, press announcement, the conference is intended to help shape international approaches to addressing future challenges in risk governance of nano- and advanced materials. This includes safe and sustainable by design (SSbD) and harmonization and standardization. The conference will comprise two parts:

  • In person (by invitation only) at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris on January 24-25, 2023; and
  • An online session open to all on January 31, 2023.

Registration is open to indicate interest to participate in the conference. Spaces for the in-person event are limited.

The main aim of the conference is to ensure that results from NANORIGO, RiskGONE, and Gov4Nano’s projects are used to support the implementation of the European Union’s (EU) Chemical Strategy for Sustainability (CSS) and address future challenges in risk governance of new and advanced materials. NANORIGO states that an invitation is extended to all stakeholders that can contribute to this discussion and are involved in ongoing initiatives related to the CSS and/or (risk) governance of advanced materials. This includes representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGO), industry, research organizations, the European Commission (EC), EU member states, and experts from the OECD WPMN, and in particular those involved in:

  • Research projects in the context of the implementation of the CSS, g., projects on SSbD;
  • Developing harmonization and standardization approaches for advanced (nano) materials;
  • Nanosafety research; and
  • Regulatory risk assessment or method development of new (nano) materials.