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The volume of information on hazard characterization of Engineered Nanomaterials (ENM) is increasing fast. In parallel with the scientific development in toxicology and ecotoxicology, regulation orientated initiatives are also taking place at the international as well as European and nation state levels. To address this initiative, the European Union (EU FP7) ProjectITS-NANO - Intelligent Testing Strategy for Engineered Nanomaterials was launched on the 1st of March 2012. The projects consist of 10 partners from 4 European Countries (Italy, United Kingdom, Denmark and Germany), and will last until the summer of 2013. The main initiatives are:

  1. OECD Sponsorship Programme for the testing of Nanomaterials
  2. ISO classification of nanomaterials
  3. REACH guidance on regulatory safety testing for chemicals, which is to be updated for ENM.

Together, all these sources of information form the state-of the-art landscape of the safety testing of ENM. The ITS-NANO concept is to gather scientific evidence and assemble representative stakeholders for the consent on a research strategy for rational grouping of ENM, and a risk assessment approach for ENM. This rationale will reflect the need for different types of evidence by industry, regulators and scientists, to prioritize the process for information generation (i.e. (eco)-toxicology tests) accordingly.

This project is funded by the European Union, FP7 (contract number 290589)