Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks - Request for opinion on the appropriateness of existing methodologies to assess the potential risks from engineered and adventitious

February 10, 2005

Brussels, 09 Feb 2005

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The scientific committee is requested to answer the following questions, in each case, considering the different kinds of nanotechnologies separately:

  • Are existing methodologies appropriate to assess potential and plausible risks associated with different kinds of nanotechnologies and processes associated with nano-sized materials as well as the engineered and adventitious products of nanotechnologies?

  • If existing methodologies are not appropriate to assess the hypothetical and potential risks associated with certain kinds of nanotechnologies and their engineered and adventitious products, how should existing methodologies be adapted and/or completed?

  • In general terms, what are the major gaps in knowledge necessary to underpin risk assessment in the areas of concern?
  • In making its report, the Committee is asked to include considerations of both engineered and adventitious products and potential risks related to public health, to consumer safety, to the health and safety of workers, and to the environment.

    3 Deadlines

    Autumn 2005 (indicative deadline)

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