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

Tool Categories

Areas of attention: Taking Care of People & Planet, Areas of attention: Thinking of the Future
Place of application: Management, Place of application: Quality, Place of application: Research, Place of application: Safety
Purpose of tool: Technical Advice

Tool Developed By

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

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.