LICARA Innovation Scan is a public tool developed on the DIAMONDS platform that allows a preliminary but swift assessment of benefits and risks of innovative products.
Based on the earlier developed LICARA Nanoscan from TNO and EMPA, TNO has further developed the concept as part of the Perocube project into the more general applicable LICARA Innovation scan that applies to all innovative products including, but no longer exclusively, nano products.
LICARA Innovation Scan is recently developed by TNO based on earlier LICARA Nano scan developed by TNO and EMPA and the LICARA consortium. We are currently finalizing the tool and intend to release a public online version towards the end of Q1 of 2021. So, stay tuned.
For any innovative product it is important to assess the potential human health and environmental risks and to provide a life cycle assessment (LCA) to balance the risks and benefits of the application of that innovative product. In line with a tiered approach, a qualitative assessment is first needed so that a quick scan of risks and benefits of these devices can be made and relevant ‘red flags’ (related to the potential risks) can be identified timely. This allows a pro-active approach towards the elimination of any potential risk and thus ensures sustainable development of the devices along their innovation value chain, i.e. safety-by-design. LICARA Innovation Scan is developed to help with this early life cycle assessment.