INL NANoREG involved in the project of the EC coordinated approach to promote the safety of nanomaterials

The International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL) NANoREG participates in the European Commission on the safety of nanomaterials.
At INL, the aim of this four-year project is to develop and test methods of measurement and specific characterization and offer a wide range of well-characterized nanomaterials manufactured or designed (MnMs).
The industrial use of nanomaterials has grown significantly, therefore, a better understanding of the impact of health and environmental risks of nanomaterials is necessary. Interest in the use of nanomaterials is considerable, since they can be used to improve product characteristics, for example, nanoparticles help make a self-cleaning surface through a hydrophobic layer of paint, but safety raises questions of these nanoparticles.
The rapid development of nanomaterials and their presence in the market make it necessary to evaluate their environmental and health impacts.The project aims to develop guidelines for the safe use and management of risk and safety instructions, while the assessment of the need for new legislation. NANoREG is an FP7 project aiming to provide the answers they need regulators and lawmakers EHS, linking scientific evaluation of the data and test methods.
The consortium unites NANoREG governmental authorities, research institutes and companies from 14 European countries.With this project we will achieve not only a better coordination of the research agenda of the EU in relation to reducing the risk of nanomaterials, but better or more focused the interaction between industry,regulators and the scientific community.
NANoREG The project, to be implemented in the years 2013-2016, activities will bring together national authorities responsible for the protection of workers, public health and the environment and create the basis of common criteria, mutually acceptable data sets and risk management practices.
NANoREG, with a total budget of 48.7 million euros, is coordinatedby the Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment of the Netherlands.