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Posted: Mar 26, 2012
European Commission releases 2012 edition of the Compendium of Projects in the European NanoSafety Cluster
(Nanowerk News) The European Commission has released the the third edition of the Nanosafety Cluster compendium (pdf). It documents the status of important projects on nanomaterial toxicity and exposure monitoring, integrated risk management, research infrastructure and coordination and support activities.
The compendium is not intended to be a guidance document for human health and environmental safety management of nanotechnologies, as such guidance documents already exist and are widely available.
Neither is the compendium intended to be a medium for the publication of scientific papers and research results, as this task is covered by scientific conferences and the peer reviewed press.
The compendium aims to bring researchers closer together and show them the potential for synergy in their work. It is a means to establish links and communication between them during the actual research phase and well before the publication of their results. It thus focuses on the communication of projects' strategic aims, extensively covers specific work objectives and the methods used in research, and documents human capacities and available laboratory infrastructure. As such, the compendium supports collaboration on common goals and the joint elaboration of future plans, whilst compromising neither the potential for scientific publication, nor intellectual property rights.
Of course this publication alone will not be able to achieve these targets. However, we hope that it will help the research community to make significant progress towards them. The compendium will continue to be a dynamic, frequently updated, web-based document available free of charge to all interested parties. A limited number of printed paperback copies of the compendium are also available.