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NICNAS: Technical Activities in Nanomaterials


NICNAS continues to build its technical capacity in the identification of potential hazards and in risk assessment methodology, processes and practices to ensure that it takes a precautionary approach in making recommendations about risk mitigation (see also Note concerning NICNAS's science-based approach under 'Contacts for nanomaterials - and additional information').


NICNAS's specific areas of technical interest include:

  • international best practice in the risk assessment of industrial nanomaterials;

  • toxicity of selected nanomaterials that have been commercialised or are nearing commercialisation. See Review of 2007-2009 Literature on Toxicological and Health Effects Relating to Six Nanomaterials, 30 October 2009. The nanomaterials considered by the reviewer, Professor Brian G Priestly, Head of the Australian Centre for Human Risk Assessment, Monash University, were fullerenes, carbon nanotubes, and nanoforms of zinc oxide, titanium oxide, cerium oxide and silver; and

  • hazard assessment of titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, cerium oxide and silver nanoforms (a series of publications on these nanoforms is in development).

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