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Redefining risk research priorities for nanomaterials

Grieger, Khara D. and Baun, Anders and Owen, Richard (2010) Redefining risk research priorities for nanomaterials. Journal of Nanoparticle Research, 12 (2). pp. 383-392. ISSN 1388-0764

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11051-009-9829-1

Abstract

Chemical-based risk assessment underpins the current approach to responsible development of nanomaterials (NM). It is now recognised, however, that this process may take decades, leaving decision makers with little support in the near term. Despite this, current and near future research efforts are largely directed at establishing (eco)toxicological and exposure data for NM, and comparatively little research has been undertaken on tools or approaches that may facilitate near-term decisions, some of which we briefly outline in this analysis. We propose a reprioritisation of NM risk research efforts to redress this imbalance, including the development of more adaptive risk governance frameworks, alternative/complementary tools to risk assessment, and health and environment surveillance.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Life Sciences, School of
ID Code:7223
Deposited On:12 Jan 2010 16:44
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