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Welcome to SAFENANO 

SAFENANO is Europe's Centre of Excellence on Nanotechnology Hazard and Risk, based at the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM). 

SAFENANO facilitates responsible development of safe nanomaterials and nanotechnology-enabled products by making use of an integrated approach which gives users access to:
SAFENANO's Key features

SAFENANO Knowledge Base
 - focused on interpreting and disseminating emerging scientific evidence about the potential risks to health and the environment arising from the development and use of nanotechnology.


SAFENANO Scientific Services - brings together multidisciplinary expertise in hazard assessment, exposure, toxicology, occupational hygiene and risk assessment to provide independent, authoritative consultancy on risk and safety.


SAFENANO Research
 - brings together our team’s multidisciplinary expertise in collaborative work with industry and other organisations in order to help identify and address any likely health hazards and risks from nanotechnologies.



Recent News Articles
Workshop report on setting occupational exposure limits for engineered nanomaterials

The Nanotechnology Panel and George Washington University have recently published a report of a workshop on strategies for setting occupational exposure limits for engineered nanomaterials.
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European NGOs publish position paper on the regulation of nanomaterials

A group of European NGOs have published a position paper on the regulation of nanomaterials at a meeting of the EU Competent Authorities.
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DGUV launches interactive Nano-Platform on “Safe Handling of Nanomaterials“

The German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) has launched an interactive educational platform on the safe handling of nanomaterials.
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Novel method to measure quantity and risks of engineered nanomaterials delivered to cells

Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health have developed a novel technique to determine the quantity of nanomaterials in cell culture medium for in vitro toxicity testing.
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Nanomedicine: new solutions or new problems?

Health Care Without Harm have published a new report which provides an overview of nanomedicine with particular emphasis on environmental and human health risks.
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NanoDiode project launches survey to examine citizens’ views on nanotechnologies

European FP7 project ‘NanoDiode’ has launched an online survey to gather information on public preferences for nanotechnologies with a view to informing policy-making.
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ECHA publish recommendations for nanomaterials under REACH

The European Chemicals Agency has published a best practice document for the exposure assessment and characterisation of nanomaterials under REACH.
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Researchers study potential migration of nanoparticles from food packaging

A new study has been published which investigates the possibility of nanoparticle migration from packaging to food products.
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German Environment Agency publish impact assessment of a European nano-product register

The German Federal Environment Agency has published an impact assessment of a European register of products containing nanomaterials.
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EU NanoSafety Cluster invites contributions to NanoSafety Database Survey

The EU NanoSafety Cluster has launched an online survey to collect, organise and share up-to-date information about nanosafety-related databases worldwide.
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Upcoming Events
The 7th International Nanotoxicology Congress, NANOTOX 2014, will be held on 23rd-26th April 2014 in Antalya, Turkey. The congress follows on from the series of international nanotoxicology meetings which include: 2010 Edinburgh and 2012 Beijing. The congress aims to create ...