Discover NANOFASE during Connect-EU Event in Barcelona

On the 6th of November, the Connect-EU 2017 event is taking place at the Palau de Congressos de Catalunya in Barcelona. During this edition, participants will be able to receive first hand information about the new calls of the Horizon 2020 programme but also discover highly innovative projects such as NANOFASE, in which LEITAT is participating. Dr. Socorro Vázquez is presenting the project and meeting companies as well as research institutes to explain them the Read more…

EU Nanosafety Cluster Open Webinar

The EU NanoSafetyCluster is delighted to announce the first in a series of webinars that will introduce its work and the key outcomes from its projects. These webinars, held every 4 months, are open to all interested participants and will start on November 20, at 1500 CET. The first webinar presents the NanoSafetyCluster, what it does and examples of its work, with future webinars on important project outcomes and their impact on the safe development Read more…

Final Report Summary – GUIDENANO: Assessment and mitigation of nano-enabled product risks on human and environmental health

Final Report Summary – GUIDEnano (Assessment and mitigation of nano-enabled product risks on human and environmental health: Development of new strategies and creation of a digital guidance tool for nanotech industries) Executive Summary: Current uncertainties on the safety of nano-enabled products need to be urgently and carefully addressed. Otherwise, public fears could end up blocking the benefits of nanotechnology. Sound scientific information must be generated to identify potential risks of nano-enabled products on human and Read more…

NanoFASE in the Horizon Magazine: Nanomaterial tracking to limit impacts on the environment

A new Horizon Magazine feature article discusses how tracking the environmental exposure of the emerging nanomaterial industry could prevent potentially harmful chemicals from polluting soil and water, and how NanoFASE, alongside other EU-funded projects, is working towards achieving these goals. Safer sun cream, energy-storing plastics, non-stick surfaces, richer fertilisers and sweat-proof clothes – the evolution of nanotechnology, which utilises the special properties of small clusters of atoms, has led to an abundance of new products. Read more…

A risk governance framework for assessment and management of human and environmental risks of manufactured nanomaterials

caLIBRAte project has now passed its initial phase, having identified existing knowledge, data, and nano-specific risk assessment tools and models to support development of a nano-risk governance framework. caLIBRAte has clarified the opinions and needs for risk governance amongst stakeholders including industry, regulators, the public and the insurance sector. A major new activity is user testing of different control banding and risk assessment tools considered for potential inclusion in our risk governance framework and this Read more…

ECHA publishes REACH Guidance for nanomaterials

On the 24th of May 2017, ECHA published five documents that aim to help registrants preparing dossiers that cover nanoforms ahead of the 2018 registration deadline.   The documents include two new pieces of guidance as well as recommendations and updates of the existing guidance on nanomaterials. The new publications are: Nano-specific Appendix to Chapter R.6 of the Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment (QSARs and grouping of chemicals): It advises registrants on Read more…

NANoREG: the effects of nanomaterials on human health and the environment and assess their risks

After four years of intense collaboration, eighty nine partners from the EU, Brazil and the Republic of Korea united in the NANoREG project, recently published the results of their work aimed at developing more efficient methods and strategies to test the effects of nanomaterials on human health and the environment and assess their risks. Numerous Standard Operation Protocols (SOPs) for testing nanomaterials have been developed and evaluated with respect to their reliability, reproducibility and relevance. Read more…

caLIBRAte 12M meeting in Barcelona: a risk governance framework for nanomaterials

On the 8th-10th of May 2017, the caLIBRAte consortium met in Barcelona for its 3rd general assembly. The members presented their scientific results after the first year of the project. Amongst these tasks are the caLIBRAte horizon scanning tool, the HRA and ERA models as well as the control branding models. In addition, the project conducts qualitative interviews of various stakeholders to map the current needs, collects data necessary for the framework, and maps the Read more…

NANoREG framework for the safety assessment of nanomaterials published!

A few weeks ago, in April 2017, the NANoREG consortium published the NANoREG framework for the safety assessment of nanomaterials. It is one of the main outcomes from the NanoREG project, apart from all the results that are now available and free for everybody on the website of the project. The NANoREG framework addresses the need to ease the nanomaterials safety assessment in the REACH Regulation context. It offers forward-looking strategies: Safe-by-Design, a Nanospecific Prioritisation Read more…

How are nanomaterials regulated in the EU? Could GUIDEnano project help?

From the EU Science Hub of the European Commission: JRC scientists reviewed the legislation of nanomaterials in the EU and identified key needs for better implementation thereof including safety assessment. Today, nanomaterials can be found in almost any industrial sector including consumer products. The EU’s regulatory framework generally covers nanomaterials. Legislation on specific products (Cosmetic Products, Novel Foods, Biocidal Products, Medical Devices) address nanomaterials, including requirements for information on nanomaterials (labelling) and assessment of the Read more…