Joint Workshop on risk assessment and risk management strategies applied to nanomaterials


This workshop is a forum for nanotechnology researchers, industry, and regulators to present and discuss research findings on the use of innovative modelling and experimental approaches to support the risk assessment of nanomaterials, enabling the safe handling of nanomaterials and minimizing potentially associated impacts throughout product life cycle. Register here

The workshop will be will be hosted by the National Institute for Safety and Health at Work (INSHT) and will held next December, 2nd 2015 in Madrid, Spain. It is being jointly organized by the LIFE funded projects REACHnano (LIFE11 ENV/ES/000549), SIRENA (LIFE 11 ENV/ES/596) and ECOTEXNANO (LIFE12ENV/ES/000667), and the FP7 project GUIDEnano (FPT-LARGE_G.A. №604387).

The workshop program focusses on the main progress and outcomes of the referred EU funded projects. These projects provide scientific based solutions to support the risk assessment of nanomaterials on a regulatory basis, including critical issues such as life cycle assessment, environmental, occupational and consumer exposure to ENMs, environmental release and fate in the life cycle and product value chains, and human health impacts of ENMs.

New software platforms and applications will be presented, including the REACHnano toolkit, ECOTEXNANO tool and GUIDEnano tool, as well as novel methodologies for the Evaluation of exposure to nanoparticles from commercial nanocomposites during routine operations.






9:30 – 9:40 Welcome & Introduction of the Conference by the hosting institution. Dolores Limón Tamés - INSHT

9:40 – 10:15 Workshop Keynote. Modelling approaches and frameworks for nanomaterials risk assessment. Dr Martie van Tongeren - IOM


Project Presentations  

10:15 – 10:30 LIFE REACHnano “Development of a web based REACH Toolkit to support the chemical safety assessment of nanomaterials”. Carlos Fito, ITENE

10:30 – 10:45 SIRENA LIFE Project – Simulation of the release of Nanomaterials from Consumer Products for Environmental Exposure Assessment . María Blázquez, INKOA SISTEMAS

10:45 – 11:00 Innovative tool to improve risk assessment and promote the safe use of nanomaterials in the textile finishing industry. Raquel Villalba, LEITAT

11:00 -  11:15 Assessment and mitigation of nano-enabled product risks on human and environmental health. GUIDENANO project. Socorro Vázquez, LEITAT

11:15 – 11:40 Coffee break 


Project Outcomes 

11:40 – 12:00Tools to support the chemical safety assessment of Nanomaterials under REACH: REACHnano tookit. Eva Araque, ITENE.

12:00 – 12:20 Presentation of the REACHNano Helpdesk and new guidelines to support the risk assessment of ENMs under REACH.  Carlos Fito, ITENE.

12:20 – 12:50 Development and Validation of (Standardised) Methodology for the Evaluation of Exposure to Nanoparticles from Commercial Nanocomposites during routine operations. Verónica Marchante, CRANFIELD UNIVERSITY.

12:50 - 13:00  Nanoparticles Emission from Drilling of Polymer Nanocomposites - A case study of selected automotive, aerospace and construction composites. James Njuguna / Kristof Starost, THE ROBERT GORDON UNIVERSITY.

13:00 – 13:20 ECOTEXNANO TOOL. A tool for the safe use of nanomaterials in the textile finishing industry. Eva Araque, ITENE.

13:20 – 13:40 Exposure scenarios in finishing textile processes. How to evaluate exposure from release data. Carlos Fito, ITENE.

13:40 - 14:00 Presentation of the GUIDENANO tool: a new tool for supporting the assessment and mitigation of nano-enabled product risks on human health and the environment. Socorro Vazquez, LEITAT.


General Discussions

14:00- 14:20 Round table - NETWORKING

14.20 – 14:30 Closure


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Date of the last update: 31/03/2016