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ECHA Workshop on Regulatory Challenges

Mar 16-ECHA

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) held a Topical Scientific Workshop on Regulatory Challenges in the Risk Assessment of Nanomaterials on the 23rd – 24th October 2014 in Helsinki.

The workshop brought together close to 200 experts in the field of risk assessment of nanomaterials representing academia, policy makers, industry and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), and provided a unique platform for academia and regulators to discuss how to address current challenges from the regulatory perspective, which can be reflected and employed in the on-going and future research topics on nanomaterials. The discussions were reinforced by information of the recent developments and of risk assessment methodologies applied in chemicals management both within and outside the European Union (EU).

In our role as rapporteur, SAFENANO prepared the Workshop Proceedings which provide an account of the meeting structured to reflect the five core themes of the workshop:

  • Challenges in the regulatory risk assessment of nanomaterials;
  • Measurements and characterisation of nanomaterials;
  • Metrology and dose metrics for hazard and exposure assessment throughout the life cycle;
  • Environmental fate, persistence and bioaccumulation throughout the life cycle;
  • Read-across and categories of nanomaterials.

The Proceedings also provide an overview of the current state of practice or research in each of the themes, with synopses contributed by many of the invited speakers, along with a discourse of the dialogue from the facilitated panel discussions.

Click here to download a copy of the workshop proceedings.

Further information on the workshop, including background documents, delegate list, and presentations, are available on the ECHA website.

Did you know?

< 5 is the number of layers in few-layer graphene (FLG).