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22 March 2013

Venice: Discussion on Safety of Nanomaterials

ITS-NANO International Meeting about an Intelligent Test Strategy for Engineered Nanomaterials

Venice, March 20th, 2013 – Nanotechnology is everywhere, everyone is talking about it, everyone uses it, but who knows its implications and regulates its use? Italy, once again, proves to be attentive to the safety of nanomaterials: in Venice, today and tomorrow (NH Laguna Palace, 21 and 22 March 2013), an international meeting is taking place, where the "intelligent testing strategy for engineered nanomaterials” will be discussed, with the aim to optimize the experimental procedures and data analysis both for research and for the safety regulation.
The meeting is organized by Veneto Nanotech within the European Project ITS-NANO, which will end in May. After more than a year of work, it aims at drafting a document on the test strategy which will be valid throughout the European Community. Partners of the project, coordinated by Professor Vicki Stone, of Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, are 10 stakeholders (universities, research centres and industries) from 4 European countries: Italy, United Kingdom, Denmark and Germany. The objective of the meeting is to have a shared strategy of risk assessment, involving companies, regulatory agencies (including the European Chemicals Agency - ECHA) and other stakeholders, such as PETA, one of the largest global organizations in support of animal rights (because a clever strategy also limits the use of animals), or FIAT, partner of the project (particularly involved, considering the enormous potential of nanomaterials in the automotive industry).
In the two-days event, 70 participants discuss how to identify and characterize nanomaterials, how to study their biological impact, how to measure their concentrations both in the workplace and in the environment, how to measure the risk and how these test strategies may have an impact on industrial activities, research and regulation.
For further information you can visit the project website: www.its-nano.eu.

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Unione Europea

Repubblica Italiana

Regione Veneto

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