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Nano-Safety Research Group

Specialists in the assessment of nanomaterial toxicity to human health and the environment


ITS Nano: Intelligent Testing Strategy for Engineered Nanomaterials

Staff: Vicki Stone, Dominique Balharry, Teresa Fernandes, Helinor Johnston, Mark Hartl 

Funding: FP7

Project Aims:

The main aims of the project are to:

•      Carry out an analysis of the current published literature and existing expert opinion, to identify knowledge and skills gaps in Nanosafety, and prioritise future research needs.

            The gap analysis report, and an executive summary of this document are available for download.

•      Develop a research strategy to allow the production of an Intelligent Testing Strategy (ITS) for human and environmental hazard, exposure and risk assessment of engineered nanomaterials.

•       Ensure integration of key stakeholders into the decision making process to promote the development and acceptance of the ITS as a broadly applicable evidence-based risk assessment processes.

As project coordinators our main role is to ensure the delivery of a responsive, agreed-upon intelligent testing strategy for engineered nanomaterials, relevant to both human health and the environment. Our international collaborations across academia, industry and with regulatory bodies should ensure the ITS is widely agreed-upon, and the inherent flexibility of the strategy should ensure it remains relevant to ongoing research needs in the short, medium and long term.

The final project report can be downloaded here.

Project Website:


  • Veneto Nanotech (Italy)
  • Aarhus University (Denmark)
  • Italian Institute of Technology (Italy)
  • Centro Ricerche Fiat S.C.p.A (Italy)
  • Fraunhofer IME (Germany)
  • Institute of Occupational Medicine (UK)
  • National Research Centre for the Working Environment (Denmark)
  • Joint Research Centre (Italy)
  • European Research Services (Germany)


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