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April 14, 2015

NNI Publishes Outcomes of the 2015 EU-U.S.: Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts Joint Workshop

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

The National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) published on March 23, 2015, the outcomes of the March 12-13, 2015, joint workshop held by the U.S. and the European Union (EU), “Bridging NanoEHS Research Efforts.”  The workshop was intended to promote and deepen the collaboration on nanotechnology environmental, health, and safety (nanoEHS) research.  Workshop participants reviewed progress toward U.S.-EU Communities of Research (COR) goals and objectives, shared best practices, and identified areas for cross-COR collaboration.  To address new challenges, the CORs were realigned and expanded with the addition of a COR on nanotechnology characterization.  The seven CORs now address:

  • Characterization;
  • Databases and Computational Modeling;
  • Exposure through Product Life;
  • Ecotoxicity;
  • Human Toxicity;
  • Risk Assessment; and
  • Risk Management and Control.

According to the workshop outcomes, the CORs support the shared goal of responsible nanotechnology development as outlined in the U.S. NNI Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Strategy, and the research strategy of the EU NanoSafety Cluster.  The CORs directly address several priorities described in these documents, including the creation of a comprehensive nanoEHS knowledge base and international cooperation on the development of best practices and consensus standards.