RRI Tool: Safe Innovation Approach

Structuring the innovation process while balancing economic and non-economic criteria

The Safe Innovation Approach (SIA) ensures that potential risks and safety aspects along the innovation process are addressed timely. When working with novel technologies like nanotechnology, it’s important to address potential safety issues right from the start. SIA encourages communication between regulators and innovators early in the product development process for an efficient innovation process delivering products complying to all relevant regulations. Based on the stage gate innovation model, the SIA integrates Safe by Design and Regulatory Preparedness in each stage of the model. Decisions to move to a next gate are made balancing the risks, costs and benefits. Originally designed for new nanotechnology-related initiatives, this approach can be applied to other innovations with novel technologies. This approach is available from February 2019.

When to Use This Tool

When you want to structure your innovation process balancing economic and non-economic criteria along the way and improve interaction between regulators & innovators.

How to Use This Tool

A clear step by step process balancing risks, benefits and costs consistent with the company-specific requirements.

Tool Categories

Place of application: Management, Research
Purpose of tool: Technical Advice

Tool Developed By

Required Investment

Large and potentially in balance with return on investment.

Expertise Needed

Expertise level required when you do it yourself:

  • Not applicable

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

  • Safer products that are launched faster to the market.
  • More efficient innovation process (time and costs reduction).
  • Improved collaboration and knowledge sharing between actors along the innovation process.

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.