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Formulating the problems for environmental risk assessment of nanomaterials


By csep - Posted on 25 August 2010

TitleFormulating the problems for environmental risk assessment of nanomaterials
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsOwen, Richard, and Handley Richard
JournalEnvironmental Science and Technology
Volume41
Issue16
Pagination5582-5588
Date PublishedAugust 15, 2007
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number0013-936X
Abstract

Authors argue that two important parts of evaluating the risk nanomaterials may pose to the environment are being overlooked: problem formulation and prioritization. The most urgent need is to formulate the problem correctly and understand the wider context in which these problems are framed. One way of doing this is to establish a harmonized framework with guiding principles that can help regulatory organizations make better, more defensible decisions about environmental risk assessment in terms of funding allocations, and to develop the evidence base required for further decisions to be made. The article first looks at how the agenda about the environmental risk assessment of nanomaterials has been shaped and current international efforts to begin regulating nanoparticles. The authors call for a framework to be developed through an international collaborative mechanism that is both transparent and inclusive.

URLhttp://pubs.acs.org/subscribe/journals/esthag/41/i16/pdf/081507viewpoint_owen.pdf
DOI10.1021/es072598h