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EU NanoSafety Cluster publishes “Closer to the Market” Roadmap

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EU NanoSafety Cluster

The EU NanoSafety Cluster (NSC) has published its “Closer to the Market” Roadmap (CTTM), a multi-dimensional, stepwise plan targeting a framework to deliver safe nano-enabled products to the market.

The CTTM identifies the key challenges to be tackled immediately and outlines a step-by-step approach to establishing a framework to deliver of nano-enabled products to the market:

  • building an inclusive collaboration network;
  • bringing together scientific and entrepreneurial experts;
  • strengthening dialog of all stakeholders to raise synergies and exchange safe resources;
  • implementing a novel risk assessment framework supported by regulatory initiatives and implemented by contract research organizations, and;
  • building service provider platforms that function as consulting agencies assisting companies to bring their products towards market implementation.

According to the CTTM, the first step is underway by a coordination and support action (CSA) bringing together nanosafety management platforms and institutes of the member states, in which they have invested to build, staff and operate. Furthermore, joint calls will be implemented to pool national funding from member states and third countries (e.g. US) to finance Nano-EHSResearch and market-oriented accompanying measures which are of common interest for the platforms. The timeline is to get the action operational end 2016. The aim is to then use this CSA to develop further actions.

The platforms provide services and support for stakeholders (e.g. industry, governments, researchers etc.) to create in a sustainable way marketable, societal approved products and goods.

The CTTM will be part of the NSC strategic research and innovation agenda which shall be launched end of 2016.

Download the Roadmap