|Safe-by-design - The Early Integration of Safety Aspects in Innovation Processes (NanoTrust dossier No. 050en – May 2019)|
A number of concepts address safety-relevant issues of innovative materials and products. The Safe-by-Design (SbD) concept is one of these, and aims to take account of these safety issues early on and during the entire product development process. The nano-specific concepts of SbD are intended to address prevailing uncertainties about potential risks to the environment and human health at the beginning stages in the development of new nanomaterials and products. The basic assumption of the SbD concept is that risks can be reduced through the choice of materials, products, tools and technologies, making them as safe as possible. Particular attention is paid to the product development stage, when it is still possible to intervene to control the selection of these factors. In line with the precautionary principle, the early integration of safety in the innovation process is generally seen as desirable.