JRC Nanomaterials Repository

JRC hosts a Nanomaterials Repository providing benchmark materials used worldwide by (regulatory) scientists for development of standardised tests for safety assessment of nanomaterials.


Nanotechnology underpins developments in many sectors. However, the complex interaction of nanomaterials (NM) with living organisms and the environment makes environmental and health safety (EHS) assessment a challenge. International test guidelines and standards for testing NMs are thus crucial to promote sustainable technological development.


The JRC Repository hosts a set of industrially manufactured nanomaterials representative of a range of NM available on the world market. First developed to be used in the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials' Testing Programme, they have now also been used in many EU funded research projects, several non-EU initiatives, industry and testing laboratories for addressing regulatory questions.




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