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Designing a sustainable European centre for risk management and safe innovation in nanomaterials & nanotechnologies (EC4SafeNano)

Abstract : A central challenge to ensure the sustainable production and use of nanotechnologies is to understand the risks for environment, health and safety associated with this technology and resulting materials and products (engineered nanomaterials), and how to identify and implement practical strategies to minimise these risks. Knowledge about nanotechnology processes is growing rapidly, achieved through numerous European or national programs launched over the last decade, but effective use of this knowledge for risk management by market actors is lagging behind. The H2020 project EC4SafeNano starting on 01/11/2016 for 3 years will define and design a sustainable European structure for European expertise on nanosafety in order to Bridge the gap between research and application for public and private actors, between knowledge on risks and risk management, and to bring a Balance between Science and Appliance, The proposed partnership will set up a structure to integrate expertise activities across the member states, and provide the interface between the scientific community and these other parties to develop and supply knowledge and technical services appropriate to each community. EC4SafeNano aims to build an open collaborative network gathering expertise in risk management of nanotechnologies. All interested organization are invited to take part in the initiative as an Associated Partner helping to design the future European Centre and establish harmonized approaches for the proposed solutions and services. The Associated Partners will be active at the European level through their participation in the Focus Networks and will act in an ‘ambassador’ role for the member states where they are based. National centers are foreseen to mirror the European center. EC4SafeNano seeks to establish a record of accomplishment in developing ‘fit-for-purpose’ solutions and providing access to reliable data and experience to help solve the range of environment, health and safety challenges that will be required to develop safe and sustainable innovation for nanotechnology. EC4SafeNano also seeks to establish principles for safe management of nanotechnology, and to assist public and private organizations and industry in the application of these principles. European joint calls for expertise will help demonstrate the concept of establishing and providing this collective expertise to answer demands. The core group and associates are experienced in providing expert advice to industry and other private actors, to public authorities and regulatory bodies and in communicating evidence based expertise to these different target audiences.
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Emeric Frejafon, Olivier Salvi, Benoît Hazebrouck, Maaike Le Feber, Jesus Lopez de Ipina Pena, et al.. Designing a sustainable European centre for risk management and safe innovation in nanomaterials & nanotechnologies (EC4SafeNano). 5. International Conference Nanosafe "Health and safety issues related to nanomaterials for a socially responsible approach", Nov 2016, Grenoble, France. pp.90. ⟨ineris-01854338⟩

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