RRI Tool: Licara NanoScan

Integrating risk assessment and life-cycle analysis for nanomaterials

The Licara nanoScan helps you to assess and weigh benefits and risks of nanomaterials and nanoproducts along the materials’ or products’ entire lifecycle. When developing nanomaterials or nanoproducts, balancing benefits and risks is key. This tool assesses risks for workers, public and consumers and evaluates economic, environmental and societal opportunities.

When to Use This Tool

When you want to assess risks and benefits along the lifecycle of your nanomaterial/product.

How to Use This Tool

  • Modular web-based – see this link.
  • Comparison to a reference product with a similar functionality using expert judgement and data.
  • Visualising risks and benefits as well as iidentifying gaps, missing data and uncertainties.
  • To use the tool register here

Required Investment

  • Small – Large
  • Depending on the modules you use and the availability of data

Expertise Needed

Expertise level required when you do it yourself:

  • Expert level

External support:

  • Facilitator is needed to guide you through the whole process of self-assessment
  • Consultant can advise and help you with the implementation
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Expected Results

  • Comprehensive insight in the pros and cons of the nanomaterial/product.
  • Identifies areas for more detailed assessments, product design improvement or application of risk mitigation measures. This will contribute to the development of safe products that meet societal needs.

PRISMA: Responsible Research & Innovation in Industry

From pilots to CEN-standard  

The PRISMA project has conducted pilot studies with 8 companies in order to help them to better integrate Responsible Research & Innovation (RRI) in their innovation process and business practices. These pilots have provided case studies and good practices on RRI.   

Based on the experience with  eight pilots and consultations with industry and standard organization, PRISMA initiated an upcoming  CEN  (European Committee for Standardization) standard for companies aiming at developing a strategy for Responsible Innovation.

This  standard (also known as RRI-Roadmap)   is aligned with existing standards and policies on risk and innovation management, and corporate social responsibility (CSR), such as the standards ISO 26000, ISO 9001, ISO 31000, ISO 56000.

 

Latest Updates

 

PRISMA Roadmap

Based on the experience with  eight pilots and consultations with industry and standard organization, PRISMA developed a practical guideline and standards for companies aiming at developing a strategy for Responsible Innovation.

The RRI-Roadmap methodology is aligned with existing standards and policies on risk and innovation management, and corporate social responsibility (CSR), such as the standards ISO 26000, ISO 9001, ISO 31000, ISO 56000.

Jointly with CEN, the European Committee for Standardization,  further steps will be initiated regarding the roadmap. See also our press statement.

PRISMA Pilot Results: Cases & Best Practices

The goal of the PRISMA-project was to draw specific lessons about how RRI can be implemented in industry, ranging  from small enterprises to large corporations to consortia with universities. To this end, the  project included cooperation with 8 different companies in the field of  automated cars, internet technology, drones, biotechnology, synthetic biology, and nanotechnology.

The PRISMA Toolkit for Responsible Research & Innovation

The PRISMA Project has delivered a toolkit for small or medium-sized companies that aspire to develop innovative products and services with which genuine societal needs are addressed and a contribution is made to both environmental and economic sustainability.