Redefining risk research priorities for nanomaterials

Khara Deanne Grieger, Anders Baun, R. Owen

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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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Nanoparticle Research
Issue number2
Pages (from-to)383-392
Publication statusPublished - 2010


  • Nanomaterials
  • Nanotechnology
  • Research priorities
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk governance
  • Societal implications


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