Meet us at Nanosafe 2018

Organized every two years in Grenoble since 2008, nanoSAFE conference is intended for sharing latest research results on health and safety issues related to nanomaterials and beyond for a socially responsible approach. ​​​​The Sixth International Conference nanoSAFE 2018 will be held from 5th to 9th November 2018 in Minatec-Grenoble, France.​ The HEHS Center will have a strong presence during this conference including speeches, presentations and posters. Contact us to meet us there!

Scientific workshop on Grouping of Nanomaterials. NanoReg2 and Gracious projects

NanoReg2 has joined forces with the OECD Working Party for Manufactured Nanomaterials and H2020 Gracious project to deliver a 2 day workshop. Following a WPMN meeting on September 11, focussed on Physico-Chemical Parameters Framework for the Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials, NanoReg2 and Gracious will host a 2 day ‘Scientific workshop on Grouping of Nanomaterials’.  The workshop will feed in results from WPMN and bring together international experts to discuss and recommend how groups of nanomaterials Read more…

OECD WPMN Expert Meeting on Physico-Chemical Parameters Framework for the Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials

On the 11th of September, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) will hold a workshop on Physico-Chemical Parameters Framework for the Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials in Paris, France. The HEHS Center will participate in this workshop to share its expertise in the field. During the workshop, updates on two joint projects within the OECD Working Party for Manufactured Nanomaterials (WPMN) will be reviewed and discussed with subject matter experts: “Physico-chemical Decision Framework to Read more…

Article published in Nature nanotechonolgy: Advanced tools for the safety assessment of nanomaterials

On the 6th of July 2018 a group of scientists from various European research centres including LEITAT, published an article called Advanced tools for the safety assessment of nanomaterials in the Nature nanotechnology newsletter. This article highlights some of the key advances in the hazard and risk assessment of engineered nanomaterials, which have tremendous potential to produce beneficial technological impact in numerous sectors in society but safety assessment is of paramount importance. Socorro Vázquez-Campos, scientist Read more…

Safety Aspects in Pilot Lines: an EPPN-NSC i2L joint session at NanoSAFE 2018

The workshop will be held during the 6th International Conference NanoSAFE 2018 on Wednesday 7th of November in Grenoble France. Organized every two years since 2008, NANOSAFE Conference is intended for sharing latest research results on health and safety issues related to nanomaterials and beyond for a socially responsible approach. The “Industrial Innovation Liaison (i2L)”working group is part of the NanoSafety Cluster (NSC) as a crosslinking working group. EPPN is a H2020 CSA project which Read more…

GUIDEnano: Consortium meeting preparing the 3rd version of the Tool

The GUIDEnano consortium is meeting on the 14th and 15th of June in Barcelona for its 30M meeting. All partners gathered together to present their latest contributions and how these are included into the web-based tool. The second version of the tool was release on the 1st of May 2016 (watch video here) and now partners are preparing for the third version that would be delivered at the end of the project within less than Read more…

Multimillion-euro project to improve the safety of nanomaterials

Heriot-Watt University will lead a multi-million global project that will assess the risks of nanomaterials and develop an approach to minimise the harm they may pose to humans or the environment. Leitat is proud to participate in this highly innovative project. A team from the School of Engineering and Physical Sciences will coordinate GRACIOUS, a project involving 23 partners from the UK, US and Asia. The aim is to reduce the need to assess individually Read more…

Quality evaluation of human and environmental toxicity studies performed with nanomaterials – the GUIDEnano approach

The European Union FP-7 project GUIDEnano developed a web-based guidance tool, which guides users to assess human and environmental risks of nanomaterial-enabled products throughout their life cycle. One of the aims in the GUIDEnano hazard assessment strategy is to derive safety limit values based on existing human toxicity and ecotoxicological studies. Clear criteria needed to be established to select studies that could be used for such purpose. In the present paper, we present an approach Read more…

Help test GUIDEnano risk-governance model by joining a user testing session

caLIBRAte will establish a versatile next-generation nano-risk governance framework for assessment and management of human and environmental risks of manufactured nanomaterials (MN) and MNenabled products. The framework will be founded on thoroughly tested models and stakeholder needs. The goal is that the quality and trust in the caLIBRAte nano-risk governance framework models will exceed the current level of most existing REACH tools. The caLIBRAte framework will link different nano-specific models and methods into a system-ofsystems Read more…

Development of a systematic method to assess similarity between nanomaterials for human hazard evaluation purposes – lessons learnt

Within the EU FP-7 GUIDEnano project, a methodology was developed to systematically quantify the similarity between a nanomaterial (NM) that has been tested in toxicity studies and the NM for which risk needs to be evaluated, for the purpose of extrapolating toxicity data between the two materials. The methodology is a first attempt to use current knowledge on NM property–hazard relationships to develop a series of pragmatic and systematic rules for assessing NM similarity. Moreover, Read more…