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January 7, 2019

Researchers Survey Nanosafety Research in the European Union and U.S.

Lynn L. Bergeson Carla N. Hutton

The December 2018 issue of the Journal of Nanoparticle Research includes an article entitled “A survey on the state of nanosafety research in the European Union and the United States.”  According to the abstract, the authors surveyed researchers in the field of environmental safety and health of nanomaterials between September 2017 and January 2018 to obtain a snapshot on the state of investigations.  The data received from 84 respondents provide information on exposure pathways, methods, biologic and toxic effects, dose metrics and range, criteria for selecting benchmark materials, and problems that are considered urgent in the field.  The abstract states that the results can help guide research strategies and funding schemes related to nanosafety of nanoparticles.  The survey will be repeated every few years to follow developments in the field.