EU H2020 caLIBRAte hits CORDIS Results in Brief.
Keld Alstrup Jensen coordinated the caLIBRAte project and the excellent project team who made a huge effort to survey stakeholder needs and concerns, find and assess data and test tools, establish an operational nano-risk governance framework and collect it all into a first nano-risk governance portal.
More information on the completed caLIBRAte project on CORIDS.
Moreover, the work on nano-risk governance continues among other the EU H2020 GOV4NANO project (www.gov4nano.eu).
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
FAIR Principles - GO FAIR
Data Together: Fostering Cooperation Among Open Science Platforms
Collectively referred to as Data Together, the four collaborating international data organisations – CODATA, GO FAIR, RDA, WDS – have a joint commitment (published in March 2020) to work together to optimise the global research data ecosystem and to identify opportunities that will trigger federated infrastructures to service the new reality of data-driven science.
GO FAIR is a bottom-up, stakeholder-driven and self-governed initiative that aims to implement the FAIR data principles, making data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR). It offers an open and inclusive ecosystem for individuals, institutions and organisations working together through Implementation Networks (INs). The INs are active in three activity pillars: GO CHANGE, GO TRAIN and GO BUILD.
For more details please visit GO FAIR initiative: Make your data & services FAIR (go-fair.org)
The NanoHarmony project, funded through Horizon 2020, has the mission to support the development of Test Guidelines and Guidance Documents for eight endpoints where nanomaterial-adapted test methods have been identified as a regulatory priority. NanoHarmony will coordinate the collection and use of available data and information to support the finalisation of the test method development and to organise a sustainable network for the needed exchange, also for future regulatory development needs.
The three year project started on April 1, 2020 and brings together 14 expert partners from 10 European Countries and will work alongside OECD and ECHA in accelerating the development of priority Test guidelines and Guidance Documents for nanomaterials.
NanoReg and ProSafe results repository
The H2020 project Gov4Nano is a project following up the KP7 project NANoREG and H2020 CSA project ProSafe.
In NANoREG (2013-2017), over 80 institutional partners from EU member states, Republic of Korea and Brazil collaborated in developing reliable, reproducible and relevant methods for testing and assessing the effects of nanomaterials on human health and environment in a regulatory context. This “demand driven” project focused on generating data, guidelines and standard operating procedures with a core set of nanomaterials with the objective to answer 16 regulatory questions.
The ProSafe project (2015-2017) evaluated and integrated the results of NANoREG and other Nano Safety Cluster (EU) projects and the results of the OECD sponsorship programme into a joint document and the ProSafe White Paper. The Joint Document compiles the results of an extensive evaluation by a Task Force of independent senior experts of the results of NANoREG and other EU NanoSafety Cluster (NSC) projects and the results of the OECD sponsorship programme. The White Paper presents recommendations for policymakers and legislators for measures to come to a more efficient and effective governance and regulation of nanomaterials.
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.
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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.