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OECD Publishes Report on Moving toward a Safe(r) Innovation Approach for More Sustainable Nanomaterials and Nano-Enabled Products

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) published a report entitled Moving Towards a Safe(r) Innovation Approach (SIA) for More Sustainable Nanomaterials and Nano-enabled Products.  According to the Executive Summary, the report “presents common working descriptions to ensure a common understanding of concepts such as: Safe(r) Innovation Approach and its elements, Safe(r)-by-Design and Regulatory Preparedness.”  The report compiles existing risk assessment tools, frameworks, and initiatives developed for Safe(r)-by-Design.  OECD states that the inventory of risk assessment tools and frameworks should help industry implement a “Safe(r) Innovation Approach” for nanomaterials and nano-enabled products.  This includes a review of lessons learned from applying existing Safe(r)-by-Design concepts and tools and methods applied in hazard, exposure, and risk assessment and management along the innovation value chain.  OECD conducted a review of the applicability of the Safe(r)-by-Design concept, based on feedback gained through case studies and existing initiatives, and analyzed the constraints and limitations on the applicability of these tools and frameworks.  The information is complemented by an inventory of regulatory strategies for raising awareness and improving decision-making, including foresight, horizon scanning, and other methodologies, and of available governance models that incorporate a Safe(r) Innovation Approach and Safe(r)-by-Design concept.  The report also outlines the constraints and limitations on the applicability of these strategies and governance models.  Finally, the report compiles information on regulatory initiatives related to the review of innovative approaches and technologies, assessing whether these concepts are already integrated into current legislation or guidance.  The report proposes a combination of Safe(r)-by-Design and relevant regulatory strategies for awareness raising and decision making to achieve a Safe(r) Innovation Approach, supporting industrial initiatives in adopting a Safe(r) Innovation Approach with descriptors for a Safe(r) Innovation Approach for nanomaterials and nano-enabled products.

©2021 Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.National Law Review, Volume X, Number 364
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Lynn Bergeson, Campbell PC, Toxic Substances Control Act Attorney, federal insecticide lawyer, industrial biotechnology legal counsel, Food Drug Administration law
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Lynn L. Bergeson has earned an international reputation for her deep and expansive understanding of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), European Union Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), and especially how these regulatory programs pertain to nanotechnology, industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology, and other emerging transformative technologies. Her knowledge of and involvement in the policy process allows her to develop client-focused strategies whether...

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Since 1996, Carla Hutton has monitored, researched, and written about regulatory and legislative issues that may potentially affect Bergeson & Campbell, P.C. (B&C®) clients. She is responsible for creating a number of monthly and quarterly regulatory updates for B&C's clients, as well as other documents, such as chemical-specific global assessments of regulatory developments and trends. She authors memoranda for B&C clients on regulatory and legislative developments, providing information that is focused, timely and applicable to client...

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