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Course

Environmental Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials
– learn all about the current state of knowledge and major recent developments!
Topics
 Pollution and environmental engineering
Course content
 Background
Nanomaterials are revolutionary materials in every sense of the word and nanomaterials are being increasingly used in our society. Environmental exposure to nanomaterials seems inevitable and there is an urgent need for environmental risk assessment. Today, several pieces of European legislation entail nanospecific information- and risk assessment requirements. However, environmental risk assessment of nanomaterials present unique challenges compared to ‘conventional’ chemicals. Awareness and understanding of these challenges is needed to ensure appropriate risk assessment during all steps in the process such as evaluation of data adequacy, interpretation of test results etc.

Purpose
The purpose of this course is to bring course participants up-to-date on the current nanomaterials regulation and scientific and technical state-of-knowledge of scientific and technical knowledge for evaluation of the hazards, exposure and risks of different types of nanomaterials.

Course content
The emphasis of the course is on the application of these aspects to the regulatory assessment of nanomaterials, specifically under REACH, BPR (Biocides Product Regulation) and CLP (Classification, Labelling and Packaging). As such, the course addresses not just the scientific aspects of nanomaterial risk assessment, but also aims to strengthen the participants’ understanding of the legal obligations under REACH, biocides and CLP regarding nanomaterials.

Key elements of the course include
• Current uses and regulation of nanomaterials (REACH, BPR, CLP)
• Environmentally relevant physical-chemical characterization of nanomaterials
• Environmental hazards and hazard identification
• Fate and behavior of nanomaterials in the environment
• Methodologies for environmental exposure assessment
• Dose-exposure assessment and risk characterization
• Current risk assessment methodologies and alternatives methods

The course will make the link between current regulation and the state of scientific understanding. In particular, the course will identify current limitations in available data and methodologies, and in the light of these challenges provide a realistic picture of the feasibility of nanospecific information- and risk assessment requirements in the different legislations.

Course materials
Course participants will receive a folder as well as a USB-stick with all the course materials and PowerPoint presentations, exercises and course notes.
Participant profile
 The course targets regulators, risk assessors and scientists as well as Ph.D. students with a relevant background in for example environmental chemistry or engineering.
Language
 English
Contact person
 Mette Topp Hansen  -  metoh@env.dtu.dk  -  45252172
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