DIA-chairman Pim de Bokx at Safe-by-Design meeting RIVM
On 9 November 2016 a Safe-by-Design workshop was organised by NanoNextNL and RIVM. A very diverse group of 30 people, amongst whom Pim de Bokx, convened at RIVM science park in Bilthoven to explore what Safe-by-Design could yield. The concept of Safe-by-Design aims to integrate safe manufacturing, safe production and responsible waste management in the research and technical development during the innovation process at the earliest possible.
The aim of the workshop was to stimulate a dialogue to exchange views on the concept of Safe‐by-Design. To this end in the morning and afternoon sessions a total of 6 pitches were given by Monique Bosman from the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Adriënne Sips from RIVM, Aaike van Vugt from VSParticle, Pim de Bokx from the Dutch Incubation Association(DIA), Maaike le Feber from TNO, and Vincent Franken from NanoNow. Each of the pitches was followed by an open and very constructive discussion.
The participants of the workshop agreed on the importance of Safe-by-Design whereby a timely dialogue between relevant stakeholders is started early on in the innovation process. Speakers included experts from the I&M ministry, RIVM, start-ups and TNO (see the programme – Dutch).
Safe-by-Design as a safety net
Participants also stated that Safe‐by‐Design should provide a safety net for several stakeholders, such as:
- for innovators to avoid confrontation with regulatory issues later on in the process
- for investors and insurers to minimize uncertainty about health risks
- for regulators to minimize casualties
- for society to provide access to safe products.
The participants highly valued the workshop and a follow-up is considered to be very useful. More details of the lively and constructive discussions between policy makers, researchers and nanotech companies & start-ups can be found in the report Safe-by-Design workshop November 2016.