(More) Information on nanotechnology

EU NanoSafetyCluster

The EU NanoSafety Cluster maximises the synergies between European-level projects addressing the safety of materials and technologies enabled by the use of nanoparticles. The studied aspects include toxicology, ecotoxicology, exposure assessment, mechanisms of interaction, risk assessment and standardisation. The Cluster is an initiative of the European Commission Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), which sponsors these large projects.

go to the website: https://www.nanosafetycluster.eu


The OECD provides a forum in which governments can work together to share experiences and seek solutions to common problems. We work with governments to understand what drives economic, social and environmental change. We measure productivity and global flows of trade and investment. We analyse and compare data to predict future trends. We set international standards on a wide range of things, from agriculture and tax to the safety of chemicals.

go to the website: http://www.oecd.org/about

NanoReg and ProSafe results repository

RIVM National Institute for Public Health and the Environment   works to prevent and control outbreaks of infectious diseases. We promote public health and consumer safety, and we help to protect the quality of the environment. RIVM collects and collates knowledge and information from various sources, both national and international. We apply this knowledge ourselves, and we place it at the disposal of policy-makers, researchers, regulatory authorities and the general public. Each year, RIVM produces numerous reports on all aspects of public health, nutrition and diet, health care, disaster management, nature and the environment.

go to the website: https://www.rivm.nl/en/about-rivm

The Malta initiative

A European Action to Develop OECD Test Guidelines for Nanomaterial

The “Malta Initiative” is a joint RTD – Member States initiative to increase EU presence and contribution on adapting and developing new nano-specific OECD testing guidelines and guidance documents.

Aims of the Malta Initiative:

  • Strengthen trust in innovation
  • Ensuring that regulation keeps pace with innovation!
  • Clear regulation facilitates long term investments
  • Focussing on test guidelines and guidances documents which are not yet fully available for European regulation
  • Bringing stakeholders together
  • Setting thematic priorities
  • Coordination the needed exchange
  • National and international cooperation – global challenges

For more details please visit https://www.nanosafetycluster.eu/calendar/318/162-Malta-Initiative-Workshop.html.

The Malta initiative refers to WP2 and objective 2!