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September 21, 2022

EU Programs Conducting Survey on Risk Governance for Nanotechnology

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

Gov4NanoNANORIGO, and RiskGONE, three projects funded by the European Union (EU), are working together “to develop and establish a robust public policy framework for the use of nanomaterials based on scientific evidence supporting a clear understanding of risks, their assessment and management within wider societal considerations.” The projects are conducting a survey to understand better how the needs of different stakeholders can be addressed through the outputs of the projects. According to the survey, these projects have produced:

  • A blueprint for an organization to govern nanotechnology-related risk comprising individuals (experts, stakeholders) who provide “problem-solving capacity” to support decisions on new/emerging risks from engineered nanomaterials. The form of this organization could be:
  • Option A: A permanent structure (“House”) that develops and offers access to a risk governance framework and a range of data and tools (see below), as well as a series of activities and services, including advice, expert opinion, or technical assistance; or
  • Option B: A “Taskforce” or committee, mobilized by the European Commission (EC) or others, to respond to specific needs or challenges, like the Scientific Committee on Health, Environmental and Emerging Risks (SCHEER);

All responses will remain confidential, and no specific comments will be attributed to any individual. Responses are due September 30, 2022.