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EU-Project NanoSafePack Best practice guide for the packaging industries

The EU project "NanoSafePack" recently published a guidance document on "Best Practice Guide for the Safe Handling and Use of Nanoparticles in Packaging Industries". It is designed to support those working with nanomaterials at all stages in the development of packaging products.

The Best Practice Guide is the final output of "NanoSafePack", a 36 month project funded under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The development of the guide was informed by novel research activities undertaken as part of this project, as well as wider state-of-the-art knowledge in the field of nanosafety.

Primarily intended for use by SMEs and larger companies involved in the manufacture of polymer-based nanocomposites for packaging applications, the Best Practice Guide provides practical advice and recommendations which are easy to understand, use and apply in an industrial setting. This includes technical information concerning the specific applications and properties of nanofillers and polymer-based nanocomposites, as well as new scientific knowledge and guidance on environmental, health, and safety issues.

To accompany the full version of Best Practice Guide, a shorter Mini-Guide has also been developed, which is freely available in five languages: English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian.


The full version as well as the Mini-Guide and further information can be accessed via the following link http://www.nanosafepack.eu/news/best-practices-guide-published


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A database with important and generally understandable aspects on health and environment of applied nanomaterials as well as facts on the safety of manufactured nanomaterials.


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The chapters on release, exposure, uptake and behavior of nanomaterials in the human body and in the environment as well as the risk assessment will give you a first overview.



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