A Research Strategy for Environmental, Health, and Safety Aspects of Engineered Nanomaterials

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Link to the National Academies Report, A Research Strategy for Environmental, Health, and Safety Aspects of Engineered Nanomaterials

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The nanotechnology sector, which generated about $225 billion in product sales in 2009, is predicted to expand rapidly over the next decade with the development of new technologies that have new capabilities. The increasing production and use of engineered nanomaterials (ENMs) may lead to greater exposures of workers, consumers, and the environment, and the unique scale-specific and novel properties of the materials raise questions about their potential effects on human health and the environment.

This report presents a strategy for developing the science and research infrastructure needed to address uncertainties regarding the potential environmental, health, and safety (EHS) risks of ENMs. The report summarizes the current state of the science and high-priority data gaps on the potential EHS risks posed by ENMs and describes the fundamental tools and approaches needed to pursue an EHS risk research strategy. The report also presents a proposed research agenda, short-term and long-term research priorities, and estimates of needed resources and concludes by focusing on implementation of the research strategy and evaluation of its progress, elements that the committee considered integral to its charge.

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