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French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety

Nanoparticles

Assessment of the risks associated with nanomaterials

Updated on 21/09/2016

Keywords : Nanomaterials, Nanoparticles, Nanotechnologies

As with any chemical, the fate of nanomaterials in the human body and their associated potential toxicity depend mainly on their physico-chemical properties (size, shape, solubility, etc.). However, partly due to the specific properties of manufactured nanomaterials, scientific knowledge of traditional substances cannot be directly transferred to nanoscale forms. Today, the widespread dissemination of nanomaterials through a variety of consumer products calls for a better understanding of the exposure of workers in this sector to these nanomaterials, as well as exposure of consumers and the general population as a whole. In this context, the Agency has conducted several expert appraisals on these topics.

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