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Review of the joint research strategy of the higher federal authorities: Nanomaterials and other advanced materials - Application safety and environmental compatibility

Federal authorities update their joint research strategy "Nanotechnology - health and environmental risks of nanomaterials"


Adopting a long-term research strategy, the federal agencies responsible for the safety of humans and the environment - i.e. the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA), the Federal Institute for Materials Research and Testing (BAM), the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), the National Metrology Institute (PTB) and the German Environment Agency (UBA) - have been involved with the rapid development of new materials since 2008.

The focus is on issues of worker, consumer and environment protection which are now being extended beyond nanomaterials and other innovative materials. The goal is to ensure a type of use of new materials that is safe and sustainable for users and the environment across their entire life cycle, i.e. from material development, production and processing to application, recycling or disposal.

The joint research strategy is part of the action plan Nanotechnology 2020 of the Federal Government passed by the Federal Cabinet on 14 September 2016. At the heart of the joint research strategy are testing methods and concepts for the characterisation and assessment of health and environmental risks which must be adapted and tested for new materials. The federal agencies thereby want to create the foundations for policy advice based on scientific knowledge. This notably applies to recommendations to the Federal Government and the EU Commission on the development of statutory provisions for the protection of humans and the environment which must keep pace with the rapid progress made in the field of material sciences. The research activities aim to promote the application-safe and environmentally friendly development of materials and their derived products.


The research strategy is implemented through the research of the participating agencies themselves, as well as tendering and awarding research services to third parties, and by taking part in predominantly publicly funded third-party projects. The research strategy - which, like the action plan "Nanotechnology", is designed for the time period up to 2020 - is supervised and evaluated by a panel of experts of the participating federal agencies.


Review of the joint research strategy of the higher federal authorities: Nanomaterials and other advanced materials - Application safety and environmental compatibility



Review of the joint research strategy of the higher federal authorities: Nanomaterials and other advanced materials - Application safety and environmental compatibility (Sept 2016) (PDF, 710 KB)




  • Read the copmplete press release (www.bfr.bund.de, 35/2016, 19.09.2016) online via http://www.bfr.bund.de/en/press_information/2016/35/application_safe_and_environmentally_friendly_development_and_use_of_nanomaterials.....



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