Key principles and operational practices for improved nanotechnology environmental exposure assessment

Svendsen, Claus; Walker, Lee A.; Matzke, Marianne; Lahive, Elma; Harrison, Samuel; Crossley, Alison; Park, Barry; Lofts, Stephen; Lynch, Iseult; Vázquez-Campos, Socorro; Kaegi, Ralf; Gogos, Alexander; Asbach, Christof; Cornelis, Geert; von der Kammer, Frank; van den Brink, Nico W.; Mays, Claire; Spurgeon, David J.. 2020 Key principles and operational practices for improved nanotechnology environmental exposure assessment. Nature Nanotechnology, 15 (9). 731-742.

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Nanotechnology is identified as a key enabling technology due to its potential to contribute to economic growth and societal well-being across industrial sectors. Sustainable nanotechnology requires a scientifically based and proportionate risk governance structure to support innovation, including a robust framework for environmental risk assessment (ERA) that ideally builds on methods established for conventional chemicals to ensure alignment and avoid duplication. Exposure assessment developed as a tiered approach is equally beneficial to nano-specific ERA as for other classes of chemicals. Here we present the developing knowledge, practical considerations and key principles need to support exposure assessment for engineered nanomaterials for regulatory and research applications.

Item Type: Publication - Article
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UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Pollution (Science Area 2017-)
ISSN: 1748-3387
Additional Keywords: environmental health and safety issues, regulation and risk management
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 15 Sep 2020 11:52 +0 (UTC)

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