hazards and exposures, Hazards and fate of nanomaterials in the environment, Impact assessment, Communication, Integration and nomenclature, and Coordination and management). The work plan will be implemented over four years. Discussions about strategies and methodologies will be initiated through well-prepared workshops covering the WP topics. External researchers and stakeholders will be invited to participate. After these workshops, the researchers will collaborate to produce thorough reports and sets of guidelines reflecting the consensus reached. All of the leading European research groups with activities in nanosafety, nanorisk assessment, and nanotoxicology are represented in NanoImpactNet. All exposure routes, major disease classes and impact assessment approaches are represented within the network. It will coordinate activities within Europe. It will help implement the EU Actionplan for Nanotechnology and support a responsible and safe development of nanotechnologies in
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development of a framework to assess the safety, health and environmental issues associated with emerging engineered and manufactured nanomaterials.
During the lifetime of NIN, significant progress has been made towards all of the objectives, although some with greater success, and higher impact, than others. The sections below provide a summary of how NIN has progressed in Year 4 towards reaching each of its objectives. The integrative report makes recommendations regarding what remains to be done and what could / should be picked up by the EU NanoSafety Cluster Working Groups, or by other mechanisms, such as QNano or the large scale projects (Marina, NanoValid and NanoDevice and those being funded from the 2012 and 2013 NMP funding calls).
WP1: Human Hazards and Exposure
WP1 established a common methodology and approach to determine if there is a health risk associated with human exposure to nanomaterials, and how to quantify current human exposure to nanomaterials. The objective for the last year in WP1 was to integrate the efforts from Years 1 to 3, and to draw conclusions and recommendations regarding the current State of the Art (after the four years of integrating effort by NIN) in relation to the assessment and understanding of the human health implications of nanomaterials, and exposure levels and scenarios. This should provide recommendations regarding a clear, science-based strategy for integrated risk assessment, and guidelines for experimental design to provide such integrated information.
WP2 - Environmental Hazards and Exposure
WP2 supported the development of the field regarding research on nanomaterials fate, behaviour and hazard in and for the environment, which was in its very infancy when NIN started. The main objective for the final period was to provide an overview of the work conducted by WP2 during NIN?s lifespan and to integrate this with recent activity in this area, which has been taking place outside NIN. In addition, a last training school provided the next generation of scientists with an integrated view of the field. Conclusions in the final report of this WP include recommendations towards the implementation of best practice in this field and to provide a means of dissemination and outreach to a wide range of stakeholders.
WP3 - Impact Assessment
WP3 dealt with all aspects of life cycle analysis, risk assessment and integrated impact assessment of nanomaterials. WP3s main objective for the final period was the compilation of an integrated impact assessment of nanomaterials via a last workshop and another training school as essential parts in the promotion and dissemination of tools for the assessment process. The final report with recommendations for impact assessment of nanoparticles had the objective to give an overview of the conceptual framework that is necessary for an integrated impact assessment and to provide consensus materials for a number of different stakeholders including scientists, industry, regulators and NGOs.
WP4 - Communication
WP4 ensured open and transparent communication between NIN and stakeholders with demonstrated involvement or research knowledge related to the health, safety and environmental impact of nanomaterials. In the original planning, WP4 would have had strongly reduced activities in this last reporting period. However, based on feedback from the network, it was decided to continue (in addition to the website content, the newsletters and information packages) the stakeholder dialogue with a report on uncertainty and complexity, a final stakeholder session at the final conference and to provide a dissemination strategy for the NanoSafety Cluster. These continued efforts should help ensure that QNano and the NanoSafety Clusters communication and dissemination work continues to reach stakeholders in Europe and that they will be able to "hit the ground running" building on NINs achievements.
WP5 - Integration and Nomenclature
Cross-talk and collaboration between the workpackages is critical to realize the added value of the proposed interdisciplinary approach. WP5 facilitated this cross-talk as well as to promote the generation of standardized experimental protocols and a nomenclature database. The objective for the last period was to continue this cross-talk towards the creation of joint reports and, in addition to the original planning, in the form of a final (fourth) conference. This last conference also helped in the transfer of the networking and integrating efforts baton to QNano and the NanoSafety Cluster.
WP6 - Coordination and Project Management
WP6 dealt with overall project coordination, mandatory management issues, and provided the other WPs with a set of tools that facilitated the organisation of their activities. It relieved the participating scientists as much as possible from administrative tasks. WP6 finished the reporting.
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INSTITUT UNIVERSITAIRE ROMAND DE SANTE AU TRAVAIL
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Contact person: Dr. RIEDIKER Michael
COMMISSARIAT A L ENERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ENERGIES ALTERNATIVES
Contact person: Mr. SAUNIER Laurent
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
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DEUTSCHE GESETZLICHE UNFALLVERSICHERUNG
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DUBLIN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
Contact person: Mr. WILLS Ray
EDINBURGH NAPIER UNIVERSITY
Contact person: Ms. PEMBERTON Colette
EIDGENOESSISCHE MATERIALPRUEFUNGS- UND FORSCHUNGSANSTALT
Contact person: Ms. LEUTWYLER Heidi
HEALTH AND SAFETY EXECUTIVE
Contact person: Mr. MARIK Chris
Contact person: Dr. OLSZEWSKA-DAY Eva
HOSPICES CANTONAUX CHUV
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INSTITUT FUR ENERGIE UND UMWELTTECHNIK EV - IUTA
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INSTITUTE OF OCCUPATIONAL MEDICINE
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JRC -JOINT RESEARCH CENTRE- EUROPEAN COMMISSION
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NATIONAL CENTER FOR SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH DEMOKRITOS
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NORSK INSTITUTT FOR LUFTFORSKNING
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RIJKSINSTITUUT VOOR VOLKSGEZONDHEID EN MILIEU
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SLOVENSKA ZDRAVOTNICKA UNIVERZITA V BRATISLAVE
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ST MARY'S UNIVERSITY COLLEGE TWICKENHAM
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STICHTING DIENST LANDBOUWKUNDIG ONDERZOEK
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Contact person: Prof. SAVOLAINEN Kai
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UNIVERSITE DE FRIBOURG
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UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
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UNIVERSITY OF PLYMOUTH
Contact person: Dr. MARTIN John
UNIVERSITY OF SURREY
Contact person: Dr. HARDING-PAYNE Gillian