a project aiming at establishing strong scientific links between EU and India in nanotoxicology.
Nanotechnology is a rapidly growing converging technology bringing a growing amount of nanotech-based products on the market. This is associated with potential environmental and occupational health risks. The manufacturing, trade and use of nano-products may lead to worker exposure and environmental emissions of nano-particles while the extent and the potential effects are still uncertain. Due to limited knowledge on the toxic effects of nano-particles, there is a need to undertake studies in this new area.
This project aims at establishing strong scientific links between EU and India in the emerging area of nano-toxicology. As envisaged, the mobility of scientists among the 8 participating countries will identify niches for perusing collaborative research. To create awareness and understanding of this new area, 6 workshops will be organized with participants from academia, industry, regulatory agencies and civil society. Collaborative projects focused on effects of nano-materials on human health will be developed. Risk research, the development of good practices and tools for the safe handling of nano-materials in practice, as well as establishment and validation of tests and biomarkers in R&D and production is envisaged. This is considered to provide contribution to the preparation of international guidelines for safe handling of NM.
The complementary expertise of the partners will lead to R&D projects with a focus on sustainability. This contributes to the filling of knowledge gaps on safety aspects of nano-particles on human and environmental health.
Our ultimate goal is to develop robust risk assessment methodologies which will be useful and comprehensible for the community manufacturing and using nano-products, while bringing a precautionary approach into practice with setting up a strong link over EU and India as the key to reach this goal.