On the 7 November 2011 the official launch of the European Research partnership project MARINA (MAnaging RIsks of NAnoparticles) was announced by the Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM). As one of the project partners, the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) is responsible for the NM-Series materials and reference dossiers.
The aim of the project is to develop specific reference methods for managing the potential risks of engineered nanomaterials (ENM). The goal of the project is to address the four central themes in the ENM risk management paradigm:
According to the press release, the methods developed by MARINA will be based on beyond-state-of-the-art understanding of the properties, interaction and fate of ENM in relation to human health and the quality of the environment and will either be newly developed or adapted from those existing but ultimately they will be compared/validated and harmonised/standardised as reference methods for managing the risk of ENMs. Furthermore, MARINA plans to develop a strategy for risk management, i.e. monitoring systems and measures for minimizing massive exposure via explosion or environmental spillage, as stated in the press release.
MARINA is a flagship EU FP7 project that involves 47 partner institutions and aims to develop specific reference methods for all the main steps in managing the potential risk of engineered nanomaterials. It is one of the largest projects up to date that addresses nanotechnology risk issues. The project has 39 months allocated for its completion. MARINA's official launch is scheduled to take place at a joint meeting with the FP7 project NANOVALID in Rome later in November this year.