Policy - New challenges for risk assessment

Public opinion has become more sceptical about the neutrality and effectiveness of science, and there is a growing call for more transparency.

Risk assessors are facing new challenges, in particular as technological developments in areas like nanotechnology have exceeded the ability of research bodies to generate safety data and of risk assessors to adapt and apply appropriate tools to evaluate new risks.

To help the EU risk assessment system respond to this increased complexity, DG SANCO has initiated risk assessment dialogues. These have made it possible to identify collaborative projects in the area of emerging risks, risk assessment methodology and terminology, exposure assessment and new issues and challenges for risk assessment.