In an article published on March 12, 2019, the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) announced the launch of the “Gov4Nano” project being led by the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM). Funded by the EU Horizon 2020 framework program, the 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.”

Specifically, the project 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;
  • support consensus building, prioritization and harmonization of practices amongst stakeholders, with a focus on key aspects for risk governance of nanotechnologies;
  • 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”

Full details regarding the project including its work plan, public events, and results are included on the project’s official website.

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NIA (March 12, 2019). “NIA kick starts nanomaterials governance project Gov4Nano.”

Gov4Nano (2019). “Gov4Nano – meeting the needs of nanotechnology.