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Analytical and Characterisation Excellence in nanomaterial risk assessment: A tiered approach

Objective

An increasing number of nanomaterials (NMs) are entering the market in every day products spanning from health care and leisure to electronics, cosmetics and foodstuff. Nanotechnology is a truly enabling technology, with unlimited potential for innovation. However, the novelty in properties and forms of NMs makes the development of a well-founded and robust legislative framework to ensure safe development of nano-enabled products particularly challenging. At the heart of the challenge lies the difficulty in the reliable and reproducible characterisation of NMs given their extreme diversity and dynamic nature, particularly in complex environments, such as within different biological, environmental and technological compartments. Two key steps can resolve this: 1) the development of a holistic framework for reproducible NM characterisation, spanning from initial needs assessment through method selection to data interpretation and storage; and 2) the embedding of this framework in an operational, linked-up ontological regime to allow identification of causal relationships between NMs properties, be they intrinsic, extrinsic or calculated, and biological, (eco)toxicological and health impacts fully embedded in a mechanistic risk assessment framework. ACEnano was conceived in response to the NMBP 26 call with the aim to comprehensively address these two steps. More specifically ACEnano will introduce confidence, adaptability and clarity into NM risk assessment by developing a widely implementable and robust tiered approach to NM physico-chemical characterisation that will simplify and facilitate contextual (hazard or exposure) description and its transcription into a reliable NMs grouping framework. This will be achieved by the creation of a conceptual “toolbox” that will facilitate decision-making in choice of techniques and SOPs, linked to a characterisation ontology framework for grouping and risk assessment and a supporting data management system.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/economics and business/business and management/commerce
  • /humanities/philosophy, ethics and religion/philosophy/metaphysics/ontology
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology
  • /engineering and technology/nanotechnology/nano-materials

Call for proposal

H2020-NMBP-2016-two-stage
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF BIRMINGHAM
Address
Edgbaston
B15 2TT Birmingham
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 1 200 000

Participants (26)

UNIVERSITAT WIEN
Austria
EU contribution
€ 552 668,75
Address
Universitatsring 1
1010 Wien
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNITED KINGDOM RESEARCH AND INNOVATION
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 418 815
Address
Polaris House North Star Avenue
SN2 1FL Swindon
Activity type
Research Organisations
NATURAL ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH COUNCIL

Participation ended

United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1EU Swindon Wiltshire
Activity type
Research Organisations
EDELWEISS CONNECT GMBH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Hochbergerstrasse 60C
4057 Basel
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
POSTNOVA ANALYTICS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 620 000
Address
Max-planck-strasse 14
86899 Landsberg Am Lech
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rue Jaquet Droz 1
2000 Neuchatel
Activity type
Research Organisations
STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 381 575
Address
Droevendaalsesteeg 4
6708 PB Wageningen
Activity type
Research Organisations
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PERKINELMER LAS (UK) LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 403 318,75
Address
Chalfont Road, Seer Green
HP9 2FX Beaconsfield
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
SVERIGES LANTBRUKSUNIVERSITET
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 299 328,75
Address
Almas Alle 8
750 07 Uppsala
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
TOFWERK AG
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Uttingenstrasse 22
3600 Thun
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ
Germany
EU contribution
€ 451 142,50
Address
Permoserstrasse 15
04318 Leipzig
Activity type
Other
VITROCELL SYSTEMS GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 299 375
Address
Fabrik Sonntag 3
79183 Waldkirch
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MALVERN PANALYTICAL LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 300 826,25
Address
Grovewood Road Enigma Business Park
WR14 1XZ Malvern
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
HORIBA UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 403 073,75
Address
Kyoto Close Moulton Park Industrial Estate
NN3 6FL Northampton
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BIOLIN SCIENTIFIC AB
Sweden
EU contribution
€ 450 780
Address
Hangpilsgatan 7
426 77 Vastra Frolunda
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
BUNDESANSTALT FUER MATERIALFORSCHUNG UND -PRUEFUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 400 356,25
Address
Unter Den Eichen 87
12205 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
AB SCIEX UK LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 270 000
Address
Phoenix House Lakeside Drive Centre Park
WA1 1RX Warrington
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE CHANCELLOR, MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 199 365
Address
Wellington Square University Offices
OX1 2JD Oxford
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NANOFUTURES ASBL
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 199 375
Address
Rue De La Presse 4
1000 Brussels
Activity type
Other
INDUSTRY-UNIVERSITY COOPERATION FOUNDATION OF HANYANG UNIVERSITY
South Korea
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Haengdang-dong Seongdong-gu 17
133-791 Seoul
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
NATIONAL CENTER FOR NANOSCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY, CHINA
China
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Zhong Guan Cun Bei Yi Tiao 11
100190 Beijing
Activity type
Research Organisations
BUNDESINSTITUT FUER RISIKOBEWERTUNG
Germany
EU contribution
€ 150 000
Address
Max Dohrn Strasse 8-10
10589 Berlin
Activity type
Research Organisations
TO21 CO LTD
South Korea
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
12F, 55, Soecho-daero 77-Gil
06611 Soeul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
OSCUBE
South Korea
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
48 Digital Ro 33 Gil Guro Gu
Seoul
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Rue De La Loi 200
1049 Brussels
Activity type
Research Organisations