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Public Health (24-06-2009)

Scientific Hearing on Risk Assessment of Nanotechnologies: registration is now open!

In recognition of the importance of the safety of nanotechnologies, the Commission is organising a one-day scientific hearing on 10 September 2009 in Brussels. The hearing will focus on the scientific aspects of the risk assessment of nanomaterials.

The three main objectives of the hearing are the following:

  • To identify any scientific topics which have not yet been covered in the opinions by the relevant EU Risk Assessment Committees and Bodies;
  • To identify, according to current scientific knowledge, the main potential risks that could emerge from the use of nanomaterials in the future; and
  • To provide relevant background information and comments on these issues.

More information on registration, as well as the draft programme for the hearing can be found here. The deadline for registration is 25 July 2009.

To feed the debate, a public consultation was launched and its outcome will be presented at this scientific hearing. Interested parties are invited to send their comments by 30 June 2009 via the online form found here (the deadline for contributions has been extended).

For any questions or further clarifications regarding the hearing, please contact: SANCO-Nanohearing@ec.europa.eu

More information on the European Commission's Risk Assessment structure on health issues, including information on the independent EU scientific committees, can be found here .