Risk Governance of Emerging Technologies Demonstrated in Terms of its Applicability to Nanomaterials

Panagiotis Isigonis*, Antreas Afantitis, Dalila Antunes, Alena Bartonova, Ali Beitollahi, Nils Bohmer, Evert Bouman, Qasim Chaudhry, Mihaela Roxana Cimpan, Emil Cimpan, Shareen Doak, Damien Dupin, Doreen Fedrigo, Valerie Fessard, Maciej Gromelski, Arno C. Gutleb, Sabina Halappanavar, Peter Hoet, Nina Jeliazkova, Stephane JominiSabine Lindner, Igor Linkov, Eleonora Marta Longhin, Iseult Lynch, Ineke Malsch, Antonio Marcomini, Espen Mariussen, Jesus M. de la Fuente, Georgia Melagraki, Finbarr Murphy, Michael Neaves, Rolf Packroff, Stefan Pfuhler, Tomasz Puzyn, Qamar Rahman, Elise Runden Pran, Elena Semenzin, Tommaso Serchi, Christoph Steinbach, Benjamin Trump, Ivana Vinkovic Vrcek, David Warheit, Mark R. Wiesner, Egon Willighagen, Maria Dusinska*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Nanotechnologies have reached maturity and market penetration that require nano-specific changes in legislation and harmonization among legislation domains, such as the amendments to REACH for nanomaterials (NMs) which came into force in 2020. Thus, an assessment of the components and regulatory boundaries of NMs risk governance is timely, alongside related methods and tools, as part of the global efforts to optimise nanosafety and integrate it into product design processes, via Safe(r)-by-Design (SbD) concepts. This paper provides an overview of the state-of-the-art regarding risk governance of NMs and lays out the theoretical basis for the development and implementation of an effective, trustworthy and transparent risk governance framework for NMs. The proposed framework enables continuous integration of the evolving state of the science, leverages best practice from contiguous disciplines and facilitates responsive re-thinking of nanosafety governance to meet future needs. To achieve and operationalise such framework, a science-based Risk Governance Council (RGC) for NMs is being developed. The framework will provide a toolkit for independent NMs' risk governance and integrates needs and views of stakeholders. An extension of this framework to relevant advanced materials and emerging technologies is also envisaged, in view of future foundations of risk research in Europe and globally.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2003303
Number of pages12
Issue number36
Early online date23 Jul 2020
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sept 2020


  • nanomaterials
  • nanosafety
  • regulation
  • risk governance council
  • risk governance framework

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