Two contracts concerning the development of specific advice on the assessment of nanomaterials under REACH have been awarded by the Institute for Health and Consumer Protection (IHCP) of the European Commission’s Directorate General Joint Research Centre (JRC) to a consortium led by SAFENANO (Institute of Occupational Medicine), and including the Nanotechnology Industries Association, Cefic, and Soluzioni Informatiche.
The first project, RIP-oN2 (aka REACH-NanoInfo), addresses the REACH information requirements on intrinsic properties of nanomaterials. The second project, RIP-oN3 (aka REACH-NanoHazEx), addresses undertaking exposure assessments and conducting hazard and risk characterisation for nanomaterials within the REACH context.
The output from the projects will be developed over a period of 12-16 months in consultation with a range of stakeholders and will be used by the European Commission to support further developments in REACH Guidance on Information Requirements and Chemical Safety Assessment. Both projects start in January 2010.