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EU NanoSafety Cluster Roadmap

The EU NanoSafety Cluster (NSC) has recently published its "Closer to the Market" Roadmap (CTTM), a multi-dimensional, stepwise plan targeting a framework to deliver safe nano-enabled products to the market.


The CTTM identifies the key challenges to be tackled immediately and outlines a step-by-step approach to establishing a framework to deliver of nano-enabled products to the market:

  • building an inclusive collaboration network
  • bringing together scientific and entrepreneurial experts
  • strengthening dialog of all stakeholders to raise synergies and exchange safe resources
  • implementing a novel risk assessment framework supported by regulatory initiatives and implemented by contract research organizations
  • building service provider platforms that function as consulting agencies assisting companies to bring their products towards market implementation



According to the CTTM, the first step is underway by a coordination and support action (CSA) bringing together nanosafety management platforms and institutes of the member states, in which they have invested to build, staff and operate. Furthermore, joint calls will be implemented to pool national funding from member states and third countries (e.g. US) to finance Nano-EHSResearch and market-oriented accompanying measures which are of common interest for the platforms. The timeline is to get the action operational end 2016. The aim is to then use this CSA to develop further actions......


  • Read the full press release (safenano.org, 10.05.2016) via the following link http://www.safenano.org/news/news-articles/eu-nanosafety-cluster-publishes-%E2%80%9Ccloser-to-the-market%E2%80%9D-roadmap/


Original Document

Andreas Falk, Christa Schimpel, Andrea Haase, Benoît Hazebrouck, Carlos Fito López, Adriele Prina-Mello, Kai Savolainen, Adriënne Sips, Jesús M. Lopez de Ipiña, Iseult Lynch, Costas Charitidis, Visser Germ (May 2016). Research roadmap for nanosafety Part III: Closer to the market (CTTM). NanoSafetyCluster. http://www.nanosafetycluster.eu/uploads/files/pdf/CTTM_NSC_Roadmap_final_for_NSC.PDF



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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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