Making Nanomaterials Safer by Design?

Making Nanomaterials Safer by Design? Nanoethics (2017) 11:277–281 EDITORIAL Claudia Schwarz-Plaschg & Angela Kallhoff & Iris Eisenberger Received: 11 October 2017 /Accepted: 11 October 2017 /Published online: 30 October 2017 Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2017 Saferbydesign, safe by design,safetybydesign(here- The idea of designing materials and products that do after SbD for all versions): These slightly different terms not impact negatively on human health, animals or the all point towards a concept that has been becoming environment is certainly not the invention of those ap- increasingly relevant for the development and risk assess- plying it to ENM. Engineering design has a long tradition ment of engineered nanomaterials (ENM) in recent years of aiming to design in safe(r) ways, the most relevant [1–6]. The common idea behind these different SbD precursor approaches being ‘benign by design’, ‘preven- terms is to integrate knowledge of nanomaterials’ poten- tion through design’ [2], ‘inherent safety’, ‘green chem- tial adverse effects on human health, animals and the istry’ [4], ‘privacybydesign’ [7], ‘security by design’ environment into the process of designing nanomaterials and principles from drug discovery and development [8]. and nanoproducts—and to engineer these undesirable While nano-related SbD may draw on these existing effects out of the respective materials or NanoEthics Springer Journals

Making Nanomaterials Safer by Design?

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