On the 12th and 13th of June 2018, a joint workshop on harmonization of Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) was held at RIVM, the Netherlands. This activity was part of the Nanosafety Cluster (Working Group C) and was sponsored by the EU projects PATROLS and GRACIOUS. It was organized to follow-up on the EU ProSafe ‘White Paper’ recommendation to come up with harmonised and validated test methods for nanomaterials to support regulatory risk assessment. Such SOPs are required to facilitate the generation of data that are reliable and comparable, and thus can be used and re-used for risk assessment and modelling the effects of nanomaterials.
The PATROLS project was in action at the Chemspec Europe, the international exhibition for speciality chemicals, hosted in Cologne on June 20-21. The Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) represented the project as the first stakeholder activity of the project, with the intention to engage industry stakeholders and understand their needs and challenges in the safe development of nanomaterials.
A new €12.7m global project led by Swansea University Medical School will address the need for safer and more effective testing of nanomaterials, an area that is of crucial and growing importance to billion-pound markets including cosmetics, electronics, medicine and food.