Implementation of Risk Governance: meeting the needs of nanotechnology (Gov4Nano)

Nanogeosciences

The Gov4Nano project will develop the first implementation of a future-proof operational Nano Risk Governance Model (NRGM) that addresses the need of the transdisciplinary field and innovative (and key enabling) character of nanotechnology.
We at EDGE are involved in WP2 – task 2.7. - Research and Development towards OECD guidance and guidelines for testing nanomaterials focusing on abiotic transformation of nanomaterials in environmental aquatic media: Nanomaterials entering the aquatic environment undergo various abiotically driven transformation reactions. These reactions are (hetero-) agglomeration, dissolution and phase transformations and are controlled by the surrounding media composition and the intrinsic properties of the (released) form of the nanomaterial. Special focus is on the major environmental transformation pathways, development of standard transformation-testing protocols including experimental layout, conditions and solid phase analysis. This relates to the report of OECD ENV/CHEM/NANO(2015)31 in which the requirement to develop methods to test for the environmental transformation of nanomaterials has been outlined.
The final product will be an OECD guidance document on environmental transformation of nanomaterials.
In the framework of this project, researchers of EDGE collaborate closely with the Austrian and German Environmental Protection Agencies, the respective EOCD committees (WPMN & WNT) and Austrian BMVIT and BMNT.

This project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation under Grant Agreement 814401.

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