Research into new tools and guidance
The EU has invested resources into advancing research into the safety of nanomaterials. This includes the development of new tools and guidance for assessing the exposure to nanomaterials along their entire lifecycle. This will enable regulators, industry, and health and safety professionals to reduce existing uncertainties surrounding the exposure measurement and assessment of nanomaterials. They will also be more equipped to stay ahead of emerging issues that may be encountered when new nanomaterials and manufacturing methods are developed.
European research projects may also identify new challenges that are not yet reflected in current guidance or develop new experimental tools for measuring and controlling workplace exposure to nanomaterials. As these projects advance, some of their results may be adopted by authorities and industry to improve the exposure assessment and risk management of nanomaterials in the workplace.
A non-exhaustive list of research projects in this area can be found below.