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October 4, 2021

SweNanoSafe Will Hold Workshop on Safe and Sustainable by Design: A Prerequisite for Achieving a Circular Economy

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

The Swedish National Platform for Nanosafety (SweNanoSafe) will hold a workshop on November 29, 2021, on “Safe and Sustainable by Design: a prerequisite for achieving a circular economy.” SweNanoSafe states that “Safe and Sustainable by Design (SSbD) is based on the consideration and minimization of uncertainties and risks to human health and the environment from an early stage of the innovation process and throughout the lifecycle of the innovation product.” The concept of SSbD stems from the development of safe-by-design approaches within the nanosafety field and is a component of the Safe(r) Innovation Approach (SIA) for more sustainable nanomaterials and nano-enabled products, which was recently described in detail by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The workshop aims to orient Swedish authorities in the ongoing development and implementation of the SSbD concept to face regulatory challenges related to nano- (and advanced) materials with the purpose of advancing circular economy.

Speakers will include:

  • Andrea Haase, Head of the Unit Fiber and Nanotoxicology, Department of Chemical and Product Safety, German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR);
  • Lya Hernandez-Soeteman, Senior risk assessor, Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM), and Lead expert in the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) Safe Innovation Approach Steering Group;
  • Xenia Trier, Expert on Chemicals, Environment and Human Health at European Environment Agency (EEA); and
  • Mar Gonzalez, Secretariat to the WPMN, Environment Directorate, OECD.