EU-FP7 NANoREG project gets under way
JRC participates in the FP7 project developing a common European approach to the regulatory testing of nanomaterials
The safe exploitation of the innovative and economic potential of manufactured nanomaterials (MNMs) requires a thorough understanding of the related environmental, health and safety (EHS) issues. This knowledge can be instrumental for regulatory purposes. Started on 1 March 2013, the 42-months NANoREG project aims at delivering to regulators and legislators the answers they need.
Based on questions and requirements supplied by legislators and regulators, and using existing data complemented with new knowledge, the project intends to provide those legislators and regulators with a set of tools for risk assessment, as well as decision-making instruments for the short to medium term. This will be done by generating and gathering data and performing 'value chain case studies', including exposure monitoring and control, for a selected number of MNMs. NANoREG should provide the proof of the applicability (or not) of current testing instruments for MNMs, an overall framework for testing and assessment of MNMs, as well as a tool box and other instruments to implement such a framework. All of these will be integrated in a public data platform to be used, among other stakeholders, by regulators active in the MNMs EHS field. The project aims at creating the basis for common approaches, mutually acceptable datasets and risk management practices. An additional objective is to develop for the long term new testing strategies, suitable for the requirements of the fast innovation process which is typical of nanotechnologies. The key to success is a close collaboration among authorities, industry and academia across Europe.
With a total budget of ca. € 49 million, an EU funding of € 10 million and led by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, NANoREG involves 59 partners (authorities, industry, and academia) in 15 European countries, and comprises 8 Work Packages (WPs). After the official launch in the Netherlands on 15 May 2013, several other national NANoREG kick-off meetings have been held in the various partners' countries, most recently on 15 July 2013 in Rome.
The JRC-IHCP (Joint Research Centre, Institute for Health and Consumer Protection) is one of the NANoREG project partners, leader of WP1 on scientific answers to regulatory issues and also contributor to WP2 (Synthesis, supplying and characterization) and WP7 (Liaisons, Dissemination, Exploitation and Communication).
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