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Posted: Jan 23, 2014

Nanoforce project releases 'Book of recommendations for the European Commission'

(Nanowerk News) NANOFORCE is providing a set of recommendations collected for the European Commission in order to evaluate the applicability of the available regulations in the European Union: "Book of recommendations for the European Commission – Excerpt". In the light of the revision of the REACH regulation in 2014 the NANOFORCE recommendations should support the European Commission in order to evaluate the current state of guidance for research and industry on nanotechnology implementation.
Background
The European regulatory framework is growing slowly but steadily, however available regulations and guidance documents miss some details regarding nanotechnological aspects. An established legal advisory board for chemical enterprises starting in nanotechnology provides information on existing safety and nanotech related regulations within the European region including information and guidelines on endpoint measurements for nanomaterials. Within the aim of the Central Europe project NANOFORCE the general objective is to connect public and private organizations, to carry out collaborative and interdisciplinary research on nanomaterials, and to turn the most promising laboratory results into innovative applications or products.
NANOFORCE is providing a set of recommendations collected for the European Commission in order to evaluate the applicability of the available regulations in the European Union. In the light of the revision of the REACH regulation in 2014 the NANOFORCE recommendations should support the European Commission in order to evaluate the current state of guidance for research and industry on nanotechnology implementation. NANOFORCE therefore has collected samples of three nanomaterials of great interest for marketability and provided a data sets of lab analysis which will lead to safety data sheets showing how the tested nanomaterials can be produced and professionally used conforming to safety and users guidelines. Furthermore recommendations are being given on how to adapt a regular bulk material safety data sheet to the special requirements of a nanoproduct focusing on the correct implementation of nano - derived products and market placement.
Results are generated by standardized in vitro testing methods for human toxicity and ecotoxicological testing of nanomaterials like nano-silver, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. A set of recommendations provided will focus on nano specific information for adaption of safety data sheets. Additionally to these recommendations the safety data sheet and exposure scenarios are examples published to show how to classify material, provide data for in depth life cycle analysis relevant for the end user and additionally provide a draft of qualitative exposure scenarios.
Source: BioNanoNet
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