Welcome to the 2016 Edition of the Nanosafety Cluster compendium. This year’s edition again spans FP7 and Horizon 2020 funded projects, as well as including updates from some of the ended Fp7 projects highlighting their ongoing impact beyond the project lifetime. Interestingly, we are approaching the tipping point whereby the number of H2020 projects exceeds the number of FP7 projects still running. Thus, the 2016 compendium contains entries from 9 running FP7 projects, and 7 running & 4 in negotiation H2020 projects, with results from the 2015/16 call topics due imminently.
As always, the compendium documents the status of important EU-funded projects on nanomaterial toxicity and exposure assessment and risk management, with increasing focus on safety-by-design considerations for nanomaterials, predictive toxicology approaches and high throughput / Tox21 type approaches. New initiatives including Marie Skłodowska-Curie RISE (NanoGenTools) and ITNs (PANDORA) as well as Coordination and support activities to support the market (EC4SafeNano) are also presented. The running FP7 projects are all coming into their final phase of activities, with most finishing in the first half of 2017.
The compendium is not intended to be a guidance document for human health and environmental safety management of nanotechnologies, as such guidance documents already exist and are widely available. Neither is the compendium intended to be a medium for the publication of scientific data and research results, as this task is covered by scientific conferences and the peer reviewed press. Instead, the compendium aims to showcase the exciting and important European-wide collaborative research being undertaken to ensure the safe implementation of nanotechnologies, and to act as a one-stop-shop for all stakeholders interested in acquiring an overview of current research activities.