DTU Environment plays a significant role in new ECHA guidance on environmental testing of nanomaterials

Tuesday 06 Jun 17


Anders Baun
DTU Environment
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The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has published a series of technical guidance. The most substantial guidelines are based on work done by researchers at DTU Environment.

The EU regulation on chemical substances, REACH, aims to ensure that industrial uses of chemicals do not harm our health or the environment. The European Chemical Agency (ECHA) has published a series of technical guidance in order to assist industry in their registration and safety assessment of the chemicals that they produce or import.

The part of this guidance that relates to nanomaterials has just been updated and now includes, among other, guidance on how best to perform ecotoxicological tests of nanomaterials.   

DTU Environment’s project EnvNano, which was funded by the European Research Council, has provided profound input on the new nanospecific guidance. For example, researchers from DTU Environment are either authors or co-authors on 9 out of 35 scientific articles cited in the guidance on aquatic testing of nanomaterials and out of a total of 114 citations made in the guidance, 32 refer to work by researcher from DTU Environment. This makes the nanorisk group at DTU Environment, the most cited research group in the ECHA nanospecific guidance. 

”It is nice to see that the most important aspects of the new ECHA guidance on nanomaterials are based on our work. In recent years, we have made great efforts in the field, and it is of course nice to see it used in European work on the regulation of nanomaterials” says Professor Anders Baun, DTU Environment.

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