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First risk management system for nano-technology developed

March 15, 2007   by Canadian Underwriter

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The Innovation Society Ltd. (St. Gallen, Switzerland), a nanotechnology consulting firm, and technology company TV SD (Munich, Germany) have developed the first certifiable nano-specific risk management and monitoring system, the Innovation Society announced in a press release.
The system, called CENARIOS, provides a “state-of-the art” hazard and risk assessment, encompassing risk monitoring tools to minimize potential risks related to nano-technologies .
Nano-technology refers to the control of matter on a scale smaller than 100 nanometers. Nano-particles in bulk form have appeared in consumer products such as suntan lotion, cosmetics, protective coatings and stain- resistant clothing.
The nano-specific risk management system was developed in 2006 in co-operation with industry in order to meet the particular safety requirements of companies which are producing or handling nano-materials, the company announced in a release. It can be applied by producing or processing industry companies, as well as by research organizations or laboratories, or by retail or wholesale companies that are selling nano-products and nano-materials.
The systems certificate is intended to improve safety standards of products and processes over the entire supply chain.
As the number of nano-products and materials in consumer and industry applications is increasing rapidly, the certificate will affect all industry sectors [such as] textile cosmetic, packaging, food, chemical, pharmaceutical, automotive and electronics industry.

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