Nanomaterials: bad for our health?

A lack of scientific evidence means no clear verdict can yet be reached on the health risks posed by nanomaterials – but the carcinogenic potential of some nanoparticles should be “taken seriously”, cautioned German authorities.

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and the Federal Environment Agency (UBA) said that while several studies on animals indicated that some nanomaterials could cause cancer, they added there was currently insufficient data to label them as “potentially carcinogenic to humans”.

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