Authors: S. Pozzi-Mucelli, D. Balharry, V. Stone
Affilation: Veneto Nanotech SCpA, Italy
Pages: 493 - 496
Keywords: nanosafety, testing strategies, prioritization
The exciting properties exhibited by nanomaterials have led to the development of vast numbers of different types of nanomaterials for a variety of applications. Such applications include medicines, cosmetics, clothing, food, food packaging, sporting equipment, paints and electronics. This has led to potential concerns about the safety of nanomaterials due to the likelihood of exposure to both humans and the environment. The unusual properties of nanomaterials make it difficult to predict their reactivity, making it essential to to assess the risk associated with their use. In order to capitalise upon the research knowledge available and in production, the European Commission has funded a project entitled ‘Intelligent Testing Strategy for Engineered Nanomaterials - ITS-NANO’. ITS-NANO is a pan-European project aimed at identifying the most appropriate and effective research required to deliver an Intelligent Testing Strategy (ITS) for assessing exposure, hazard and the potential risks of engineered nanomaterials. The ITS, which will be launched in May 2013, will be a fluid document which can be adapted as new information emerges and the current knowledge gaps are filled, and will provide a direction for new research to meet the increasing demands for risk assessment of nanomaterials.