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.

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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.

NANoREG repository

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.

ProSafe repository

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

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The Malta initiative refers to WP2 and objective 2!



EU H2020 caLIBRAte hits CORDIS Results in Brief.

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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.

The CORDIS article describes some of the most important findings and results of the EU H2020 caLIBRAte project. See also more details and results on the project website.

More information on the completed caLIBRAte project on CORIDS.

Moreover, the work on nano-risk governance continues among other the EU H2020 GOV4NANO project (