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October 19, 2023

EUON Study Identifies Models and Tools for Computational Safety Assessment of Nanomaterials

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

The European Union (EU) Observatory for Nanomaterials (EUON) announced on October 10, 2023, that it published “A study on valid in silico modelling tools and read-across approaches, including creation of case studies on read-across for specific (types of) nanomaterials” that analyzes read-across and in silico approaches as alternative methods to conventional hazard and risk assessments for nanomaterials. According to EUON, the study identifies 190 alternative models and methodologies for hazard and risk assessment of nanomaterials. EUON states that to complement these findings, “several experts in the field of nanoinformatics were interviewed, and three case studies were carried out to determine whether different tools and models are applicable to nanomaterial risk assessment.” EUON commissioned NovaMechanics Ltd., Nicosia (Cyprus) to conduct the study.