The Gov4Nano project will develop the first implementation of a future-proof operational Nano Risk Governance Model (NRGM) that addresses the needs of the transdisciplinary field and innovative (and key enabling) character of nanotechnology.
- It will explore the potential added value of upcoming tools and approaches such as Findable, Accessible Interoperable and Re-usable (FAIR) databases, data-hackathons, blockchain technology and implementation of Safe-by-Design to achieve adaptive and resilient risk governance.
- It will support consensus building, prioritization and harmonization of practices amongst stakeholders, with a focus on key aspects for risk governance of nanotechnologies, including risk assessment, risk management, risk perception and risk communication, risk-benefit evaluation, and risk-transfer and the societal desirability of nanotechnology applications.
- It will include knowledge management and data management, efficiently executed through stakeholder involvement.
Gov4Nano will take into account the particulars of different generations of nano-technologies and risk/benefits/public concerns to develop an integrated approach connecting the scientific, regulatory and market layers and the different actors involved from generation of data and knowledge to application in legislation and standards, and propose the basis for efficient and effective risk governance of nanotechnologies. The Gov4Nano project will design and establish a Nanotechnology Risk Governance Council (NRGC), to create a trustworthy and objective international umbrella for the risk governance of nanotechnologies.
Gov4Nano will work towards a resilient and adaptive form of risk governance covering the needs of a continually developing technology and addressing the needs of all involved stakeholders across all relevant disciplines, including civil society.
The main objectives are:
- To improve the FAIRness of the nano-EHS data infrastructure, eventually leading to machine-readable data
- Harmonized guidance for characterization and testing of nanomaterials
- To understand how risk perception on nanotechnologies is formed in (a) civil society and (b) (re-) insurance industry
- To develop a NanoSafety Governance Portal with tools, data, and guidance
- To build a Risk Governance Council for nano (NRGC) to coordinate and harmonize transdisciplinary international efforts toward safe and sustainable nano-related products
- From stakeholder engagement to stakeholder involvement in the NRGC
- To equip the NRGC with the mechanisms and tools to monitor the progress on implementation of risk governance for nanotechnology across different regulatory sectors (i.e. chemicals, biocides, cosmetics, food, medicine) in Europe and beyond
1 January 2019 – 28 February 2023