Nano Risk Analysis: Advancing the Science for Nanomaterials Risk Management



This article is corrected by:

  1. Errata: Erratum to “Nano Risk Analysis: Advancing the Science for Nanomaterials Risk Management” by Jo Anne Shatkin, Linda Carolyn Abbott, Ann E. Bradley, Richard Alan Canady, Tee Guidotti, Kristen M. Kulinowski, Ragnar E. Löfstedt, Garrick Louis, Margaret MacDonell, and Andrew D. Maynard, in Risk Analysis, 30(11):1680–1687 Volume 31, Issue 1, 184, Article first published online: 27 December 2010

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Scientists, activists, industry, and governments have raised concerns about health and environmental risks of nanoscale materials. The Society for Risk Analysis convened experts in September 2008 in Washington, DC to deliberate on issues relating to the unique attributes of nanoscale materials that raise novel concerns about health risks. This article reports on the overall themes and findings of the workshop, uncovering the underlying issues for each of these topics that become recurring themes. The attributes of nanoscale particles and other nanomaterials that present novel issues for risk analysis are evaluated in a risk analysis framework, identifying challenges and opportunities for risk analysts and others seeking to assess and manage the risks from emerging nanoscale materials and nanotechnologies. Workshop deliberations and recommendations for advancing the risk analysis and management of nanotechnologies are presented.