In an article published on August 18, 2015 the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) reported on risk assessment test recommendations for nanomaterials published by the European Commission (EC) Joint Research Centre (JRC). The JRC recommendations are based on the results of a recent study on in vitro toxicity testing of six oxide nanomaterials. According to the study’s authors, intelligent testing strategies to assess the risk of nanomaterials should include 1) cellular systems with biological relevance for various targets in the human body, 2) reliable test assays designed to capture relevant toxicity mechanisms, and 3) physico-chemical characterization of nanomaterials in order to interpret the toxicity data.

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NIA (August 18, 2015). “Joint Research Centre (JRC) publishes nanomaterial risk assessment recommendations.


Farcal, L. et al. (2015). “Comprehensive in-vitro toxicity testing of a panel of representative oxide nanomaterials: First steps towards an intelligent testing strategy.PLoS One 10(5): e0127174. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0127174 (open access).