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NanoHarmony project kicks off

April 24, 2020

The NanoHarmony project, funded through Horizon 2020, has the mission to support the development of Test Guidelines (TG) and Guidance Documents (GD) for eight substances where nanomaterial-adapted test methods have been identified as an industrial priority. NanoHarmony will coordinate the collection and use of available data and information to support the finalisation of the test method development and to organise a sustainable network for the needed exchange, also for future regulatory development needs.

The three-year project started on April 1, 2020 and brings together 14 expert partners from 10 European Countries and will work alongside OECD and ECHA in accelerating the development of priority Test guidelines and Guidance Documents for nanomaterials.

NanoHarmony will develop scientifically reliable and regulatory relevant test methodologies specific for engineered nanomaterials (ENM). These will feed into 5 Test Guidelines and Guidance Documents in the field of human and eco-toxicity (bioaccumulation, toxicokinetics, intestinal fate etc.) and 3 TGs/GDs for physico-chemical characterization (solubility, surface chemistry and dustiness).

The project is coordinated by the Federal Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) in Germany, through Professor Thomas Kuhlbusch and partners include RIVM (NL), Department of Health (UK), Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LU),  Nanotechnology Industries Association (BE), University of Plymouth (UK), NRCWE (DK), INERIS (FR), INIA (ES), Istituto Superiore di Sanit√† (IT), UKCEH (UK), University of Aveiro (PT), BASF (DE) and BfR (DE).