Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 has its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges, utilising a combination of key enabling technologies with nanotechnology at the forefront.
The IOM/SAFENANO has an international reputation in addressing chemical- and nanotechnology-risk through our expertise in safety and risk assessment in support of industrial innovation, with unparalleled experience in over 35 EC Framework projects.
As both an SME and research organisation, we have unique and extensive experience with the potential risks from particles and fibres invaluable to the assessment of novel advanced materials. Our laboratory, workplace instruments and Standards-based approach is of proven utility in assessing and mitigating hazards, exposures and risks across the life cycles and value chains of technological innovation.
IOM/SAFENANO has a track record in coordinating and delivering safety and risk workpackages tasked with developing and validating responsible practice in R&D, manufacturing and applications across a variety of sectors including advanced composites, energy storage, coatings & paints, and packaging, amongst others. We also address cross-cutting expected impacts such as:
IOM is a WHO Collaborating Centre in Occupational Health and is contracted to provide reviews for policy support on emerging occupational health issues for the European Commission and European Parliament.
IOM is an invited expert on ISO Technical Committee 229 (Nanotechnologies), specifically within Working Group 3 (Health, Safety and Environmental Aspects of Nanotechnologies), and is represented on the committee of the nanotechnologies project group of the British Standards Institute (BSI NTI/1).
IOM is an active member of the Cross-cutting Nanofutures ETP and the Nano-Safety Cluster, where we contribute to the Working Groups on Risk, Standardisation, and Industrial Innovation Liaison.