H2020 Nanotoxicology project NanoFASE begins

September 2015 saw the start of NanoFASE (Nanomaterial Fate and Speciation in the Environment) – a 4-year project funded by the European Commission as part of its Horizon 2020 Framework.

With a Consortium comprised of partners from 14 European Countries – as well as Non-European Collaborative Partners from the USA, Canada and Australia – NanoFASE (www.nanofase.eu) will focus on delivering an integrated Exposure Assessment Framework, including methods, parameter values, model and guidance that will allow Industry to assess the full diversity of industrial nano-enabled products to a standard acceptable in regulatory registrations.  Methods will be developed to assess how use phases, waste streams and environmental compartments (air, soil, water, and biota) act as “reactors” in modifying and transporting engineered nanomaterials.

Between the 27th and 29th October 2015, representatives from each Consortium partner attended the Project’s Kick-Off Meeting in Barcelona, Spain. The meeting served as a chance for partners to meet face-to-face and discuss the work plan for the next 4 years. From Promethean Particles, Dr Selina Tang – Senior Research Scientist – attended the meeting and will be the company’s main contact point for the project.

Within the project, Promethean has the role of supplying engineered nanomaterials for Consortium partners to test in waste streams and various environmental compartments. The materials offered by Promethean will tie in with their other European projects, SHYMAN and NanoMILE – both funded by the Commission as part of the FP7 Framework. The fate studies within NanoFASE will thus complete a well-rounded study of production, toxicity and environmental impact for Promethean’s nanomaterials.

Promethean regard this type of activity as being of utmost importance as part of their corporate responsibility activities, and is the second EU-funded project focused on nanotoxicology in which Promethean has participated. To date, the nanoparticle dispersions produced by Promethean for NanoMILE have exhibited little or no toxicity across a wide range of testing protoenvironmentcols.

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