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EC publishes final report of Nanocomput Project

Date: 31/7/2017

The European Commission’s (EC) Joint Research Center (JRC) has published a report entitled 'Evaluation of the availability and applicability of computational approaches in the safety assessment of nanomaterials: Final report of the Nanocomput project'.

The main aims of the Nanocomput Project were to review and assess the current status of computational methods that are potentially useful for predicting the properties of engineered nanomaterials to provide advice on the use of these approaches for the purposes of the Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH) regulation.

The Project emphasised quantitative structure-property relationship (QSPR) and quantitative structure-activity relationship (QSAR) models, and their potential role in predicting nanomaterial properties. In addition, the Nanocomput Project assessed the status of a diverse array of compartment-based mathematical models. These models comprised toxicokinetic, toxicodynamic, in vitro and in vivo dosimetry, and environmental fate models.

The report includes overall conclusions from the Nanocomput Project, including lessons learned in conducting literature reviews and research-based case studies on grouping and read-across. It offers a number of recommendations intended to overcome current shortcomings in the knowledge of nanomaterial behaviour and in the availability of tools (such as databases and predictive models) and practical guidance to use such tools in the regulatory assessment of nanomaterials.

Source: European Commission via Bergeson & Campbell P.C.

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