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European Network on the Health and Environmental Impact of Nanomaterials

European Network on the Health and Environmental Impact of Nanomaterials

Objective

Recent technological advances allow the targeted production of objects and materials in the nanoscale (smaller than 100 nm). Nanomaterials have chemical, physical and bioactive characteristics, which are different from those of larger entities of the same materials. Nanoparticles can pass through body barriers. This is interesting for medical applications, but it raises concerns about their health and environmental impact. The objective of the NanoImpactNet is to create a scientific basis to ensure the safe and responsible development of engineered nanoparticles and nanotechnology-based materials and products, and to support the definition of regulatory measures and implementation of legislation in Europe. It includes a strong two-way communication to ensure efficient dissemination of information to stakeholders and the European Commission, while at the same time obtaining input from the stakeholders about their needs and concerns. The work plan shows six work packages (WPs: Human hazards and exposures, Hazards and fate of nanomaterials in the environment, Impact assessment, Communication, Integration and nomenclature, and Coordination and management). The work plan will be implemented over four years. Discussions about strategies and methodologies will be initiated through well-prepared workshops covering the WP topics. External researchers and stakeholders will be invited to participate. After these workshops, the researchers will collaborate to produce thorough reports and sets of guidelines reflecting the consensus reached. All of the leading European research groups with activities in nanosafety, nanorisk assessment, and nanotoxicology are represented in NanoImpactNet. All exposure routes, major disease classes and impact assessment approaches are represented within the network. It will coordinate activities within Europe. It will help implement the EU Actionplan for Nanotechnology and support a responsible and safe development of nanotechnologies in Europe.

Coordinator

INSTITUT UNIVERSITAIRE ROMAND DE SANTE AU TRAVAIL

Address

Rue Du Bugnon 21
1011 Lausanne

Switzerland

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 463 812,36

Administrative Contact

Michael Riediker (Dr.)

Participants (25)

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EDINBURGH NAPIER UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 22 071

NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING STIFTELSE

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 96 201,56

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 168 846

INSTITUT FUR ENERGIE UND UMWELTTECHNIK EV - IUTA

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 63 801,96

CENTRE HOSPITALIER UNIVERSITAIRE VAUDOIS

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 52 296,25

DEUTSCHE GESETZLICHE UNFALLVERSICHERUNG

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 77 607,10

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 76 923,37

JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 99 537,82

INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 51 467

UNIVERSITY OF SURREY

United Kingdom

STICHTING WAGENINGEN RESEARCH

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 73 045,69

EIDGENOSSISCHE MATERIALPRUFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 98 359,75

"NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ""DEMOKRITOS"""

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 50 557,50

RIJKSINSTITUUT VOOR VOLKSGEZONDHEID EN MILIEU

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 214 630,23

UNIVERSITAET BERN

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 60 871,48

COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES

France

EU Contribution

€ 27 136,27

INSTITIUID TEICNEOLAIOCHTA BHAILE ATHA CLIATH

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 48 444,25

HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 29 580,15

SLOVENSKA ZDRAVOTNICKA UNIVERZITA V BRATISLAVE

Slovakia

EU Contribution

€ 45 346,60

TYOTERVEYSLAITOS

Finland

EU Contribution

€ 32 035,80

KOBENHAVNS UNIVERSITET

Denmark

EU Contribution

€ 25 359

UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 19 046

ST MARY'S UNIVERSITY COLLEGE TWICKENHAM

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 42 362,37

HERIOT-WATT UNIVERSITY

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 21 906

UNIVERSITE DE FRIBOURG

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 38 714,49

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 218539

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 April 2008

  • End date

    31 March 2012

Funded under:

FP7-NMP

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 222 073,40

  • EU contribution

    € 1 999 960

Coordinated by:

INSTITUT UNIVERSITAIRE ROMAND DE SANTE AU TRAVAIL

Switzerland