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Conference on Tools and Test for Safer-by-Design Nanomaterials

On 18-20 September 2023 took place the Conference on Tools and Test for Safer-by-Design Nanomaterials in Braga (Portugal) in the facilities of the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL).

This 2023 edition of the conference was organised by the SBDToolbox Project. It addressed the most promising methods and tools to obtain the relevant data encompassing the specific properties that differentiate nanomaterials from chemicals. The conference paid special attention to the particular needs of the diverse impact and application areas, namely health, food or environment and their relationship in the integrative context of ONE HEALTH.

The conference brought together researchers, policy-makers and industry in a full programme with insightful plenaries, invited talks, and networking opportunities focused on (1) Nanomaterials regulatory framework, (2) New models and tools for nanomaterials hazard characterization: in silico, in vitro, organ-on-a-chip, and (3) Nanomaterials risk assessment in the context of ONE HEALTH: nanomaterials analysis in the food chain and environmental risk.

Maria Dusinska, from NILU, was an invited key note speakers in the session “Nanomaterials Regulatory Framework”. Under the title “Nanomaterials risk assessment in the context of ONE HEALTH”, her talk was focused on need for holistic approach in the risk assessment of nanomaterials it is so far sector-specific, depending on the application and end-use of developed products. Additionally for efforts to harmonise risk assessment and risk governance of nanomaterials across different fields, Maria talked about the implementation of safety in the process of manufacturing and recent developments in SSbD in SABYDOMA project and collaboration between SABYDOMA and RiskGONE.