NanoSafety

Project description

The completed project deals with the potential environmental, health and safety (EHS) risks of manufactured particulate nanomaterials (MPN). Because of the great scientific uncertainties regarding their actual health and environmental effects and numerous methodological challenges to established risk assessment procedures (toxicology, exposure and hazard assessments, analytics, and others), risk management of MPN is confronted with serious challenges. However, risk management is a prerequisite for risk governance employing the precautionary principle that is demanded by a number of stakeholders and parts of the general public.

Risk governance under uncertainty raises fundamental political questions of how policy makers should regulate risk in the face of scientific uncertainties. To explore this issue in greater detail, the project focused on two important perspectives of regulation: Risk management strategies for MPN as discussed or proposed for the EU or its member states, and risk communication problems and needs for EHS risks of MPN.

The project reviewed the state of the art in hazard assessment of MPN and identified open questions of the risk assessment of MPN. Further, current legislative activities at the EU level regarding EHS risk regulation of MPN and their challenges and implications were discussed. This included considerations about scope and limitations of as well as semantic differentiation in definitions and regulatory instruments (hard and soft law). Moreover, the project addressed the question which perceptions and expectations concerning EHS risk communication of MPN can be found in the general public. A discursive method was used in an empirical module to explore those expectations.

Findings of the project were reported to the MEPs of the STOA panel of the European Parliament in several project reports. The final workshop took place in the European Parliament in Brussels on 21.11.2011.

The final report was published in 2012 by STOA:

Fleischer, T.; Jahnel, J.; Seitz, S.B.
NanoSafety - risk governance of manufactured nanoparticles. Final report. Brüssel: European Parliament, STOA 2012, Contract No. IP/A/STOA/FWC/2008-096/LOT5/C1/SC3

Publications


2013
Posters
Seitz, S. B.; Jahnel, J.; Fleischer, T.
NanoSafety - Risk governance of manufactured nanoparticles. Challenges of substance regulation under scientific uncertainty.
2013. Abschlusskonferenz des nanoGEM-Projekts, Berlin, 12.-13. Juni 2013 
Seitz, S. B.; Jahnel, J.; Fleischer, T.
NanoSafety - Risk governance of manufactured nanoparticles. Challenges of substance regulation under scientific uncertainty.
2013. Technology Assessment and Policy Areas of Great Transitions, Praha, CZ, March 13-15, 2013 
2012
Reports/Preprints
Fleischer, T.; Jahnel, J.; Seitz, S. B.
NanoSafety - risk governance of manufactured nanoparticles. Final report.
2012. European Commission (EU) 
Presentations
Jahnel, J.
Nanomaterialien - Politikberatung im Europäischen Parlament.
2012. Treffen der ARGE Nano in der Landesanstalt für Umwelt, Messungen und Naturschutz, Karlsruhe, 29.Juni 2012 
Posters
Jahnel, J.; Fleischer, T.; Seitz, S.
Challenges and questions in nanomedicine legislation.
2012. Nanomedicine: Visions, Risks, Potential, Berlin, April 19-20, 2012 
Seitz, S. B.; Jahnel, J.; Fleischer, T.
Nanosafety - risk governance of manufactured nanoparticles -- challenges of substance regulation under scientific uncertainty.
2012. International Conference on Safe Production and Use of Nanomaterials (Nanosafe 2012), Grenoble, F, November 13-15, 2012 
2011
Journal Articles
Seitz, S. B.; Jahnel, J.
Ketchup gegen Schweißgeruch? Bürgerperspektiven zum Einsatz synthetischer Nanopartikel.
2011. Technikfolgenabschätzung - Theorie und Praxis, 20 (2), 80–83 
Presentations
Fleischer, T.
Risk governance and communication. A perspective from the NanoSafety project team.
2011. Joint Workshop ’Risk Governance of Manufactured Nanoparticles’, EP STOA Panel - European Commission, Bruxelles, B, November 21, 2011 
Fleischer, T.
NanoSafety. Risk management for manufactured particulate nanomaterials under uncertainty.
2011. BioVision : 7th World Life Sciences Forum, Lyon, F, March 27-29, 2011 
Jahnel, J.
Risk assessment - scientific challenges. A perspective from the NanoSafety project team.
2011. Joint Workshop ’Risk Governance of Manufactured Nanoparticles’, EP STOA Panel - European Commission, Bruxelles, B, November 21, 2011 
Other
Fleischer, T.; Jahnel, J.; Schimmelpfeng, J.; Seitz, S.; Fiedeler, U.; Haslinger, J.
NanoSafety - Risk governance of manufactured nanoparticles. Report on results of focus groups incl.draft conclusion paper.
2011. Deliverables No.3&4 of the STOA Project ’NanoSafety’ (May 2011) 

Contact

Dipl.-Phys. Torsten Fleischer
Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
Institute for Technology Assessment and Systems Analysis (ITAS)
P.O. Box 3640
76021 Karlsruhe
Germany

Tel.: +49 721 608-24571
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