NANORIGO – H2020 project

NANORIGO (NANOtechnology RIsk GOvernance) started on 1st January 2019. Coordinated by Aarhus University and involving 27 other partners from across Europe, this project aims to develop and implement a transparent, transdisciplinary and active Risk Governance Framework (RGF) and establish the basis for a related Council (RGC) for manufactured nanomaterials and nano-enabled products. The RGF will be developed through engagement with stakeholders across research, industry, regulation and civil society, and will be based on high-quality scientific data and tools for the physicochemical characterization of nanomaterials, and the assessment of exposure, hazard and risk for humans and the environment.

NANORIGO’s objectives:

  • Develop and apply criteria for risk evaluation and acceptance and transfer of acceptable risk
  • Develop reinforced decision-making tools to facilitate risk communication
  • Establish a new multi-stakeholder driven, transdisciplinary, sustainable and science-based Risk Governance Framework (RGF) and Risk Governance Council (RGC)

Expected results of the project:

  • A transparent, self-sustained and science-based European Nanotechnology Risk Governance Council (RGC)
  • Transparent Risk Governance Framework (RGF) tools for managing possible nanotechnologies risks
  • Availability of high quality data for decision making
  • Consistency of approaches in all EU Member States and internationally

Within the project, IRGC provides core principles for the development of the framework, and leads the work package in charge of the establishment of a self-sustained Nano-Risk Governance Council (NRGC) that will:

  • Operate the RGF through relevant and well-placed pan-European and international organisations ensuring design, manufacturing, economic, social and environmental compliance and
  • Significantly enhance current risk communication and consider stakeholder and societal risk perception and acceptance, ensuring involvement of the whole product value chains and circular
  • Implement mechanisms to monitor progress in all key industrial areas and revise plans if needed.
  • Increase availability of high quality data for stakeholder information and decision making.
  • Implement consistent integration of new scientific data and their transfer into regulatory applications.
  • Ensure that the work and outcome of the council is transparent and accepted globally by regulatory, academic, industrial, insurance organisations and stakeholders.

IRGC will ensure direct access to substantial expertise in international risk governance also from various other technology sectors and the exploitation of synergies and complementarities, where available, the generation of new knowledge and the facilitation of sharing best practices.