MVI approach visible in NanoNextNL theme
Responsible innovation is increasingly being integrated in new initiatives and programs. For example, the RIVM has developed the concept Safe-by-Design in the context of the NanoNextNL consortium and its Risk Analysis and Technolpogy Assessment (RATA) theme.
Nanotechnology offers possibilities to increase the quality of life. At the same time the past has shown us that ‘unknowns’ about potential human, environmental and societal risks are raised. Attempts to address these ‘unknowns’ are generally carried out in the privacy of discussions about risks.
However, proceeding in this way will lead to questions being raised about safety issues that come along with innovations at too late a stage of innovation, and hinder the full exploitation of potential benefits. Authorities and industry want to know which information is pivotal to assess whether a nanomaterial or nanotech application is safe.