Safe-by-Design - Relevance and added value for Austrian companies (Safe-by-Design Relevanz und Mehrwert für österreichische Unternehmen)

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The national project SbD-AT aims to elaborate various aspects on potential implementation of Safe-by-Design concepts in industrial innovation processes, including possible barriers industry faces. In order to support the safe development of nanomaterials, a Safe-by-Design concept was developed in the course of the EU FP7 project NANoREG. This concept focuses on assessment, evaluation and reduction of potential risks for humans and the environment posed by nanomaterials. First insights into its practical applicability were gained from the NANoREG case study “GALANT”. During preparation and execution of this case study, various challenges for the implementation of the Safe-by-Design concept in industrial processes became visible. In order to specify improvement potential and challenges as well as to develop solution options, an active involvement of industry is required. This study addresses these issues and aims at identifying and analyzing perceived advantages and disadvantages, risk awareness and acceptance barriers of the Safe-by-Design concept from an industrial perspective.
Project duration: January 2017 – December 2017 (Kick-off-Meeting: 10.01.2017)
Project partners: Brimatech, BioNanoNet, University of Vienna – Department Geosciences
Coordinator: Brimatech
Project volume: 80.000€
Role of BioNanoNet:

BNN contributes to the elaboration of Safe-by-Design strategies and concepts on international level, research on NANoREG Safe-by-Design concept and identification of possible industrial sectors for its implementation, as well as impact creation and dissemination.