The NanoFASE Concluding Conference will present and share latest developments and new tools for the Environmental Exposure Assessment of Nanomaterials through small workshops, platform presentations and poster sessions.

NanoFASE, coordinated by Dr Claus Svendsen of NERC CEH, is a four years Horizon 2020 project and member of the EU NanoSafety Cluster.

The overarching objective of NanoFASE is to deliver an integrated environmental Exposure Assessment Framework (protocols, models, parameter values, guidance) that:

  • Allows all stakeholders to assess the environmental fate of nano releases from industrial nano-enabled products,
  • Is acceptable in regulatory registrations and can be integrated into the EUSES model for REACH assessment,
  • Fosters a cost-effective product-to-market process for industry, and
  • Delivers the understanding at all levels to support dialogue with public and consumers.

NanoFASE has developed a set of novel concepts and approaches to underpin the Exposure Assessment Framework giving powerful insight into the transportation and fate processes of nanomaterials released into the environment.

The main outcomes of NanoFASE are: 

  • A fit-for-purpose, road-tested and future-proofed Exposure Assessment Framework for ENMs, comprising models, experimental methods, protocols and detection/ quantification data in environmental media.
  • A state-of-the-art, flexible and future-proofed NanoFASE model for higher-tier fate assessment: the NanoFASE water-soil-organism (WSO) dynamic multimedia model.
  • A fully operationalised version of the existing screening model SimpleBox4Nano, incorporating the latest algorithms and parameterisations of ENM transformation processes developed inside and outside NanoFASE.
  • Functional Fate Groups: a novel, practical and future-proofed approach to grouping ENMs for fate assessment purposes.
  • Methods, parameter values and model catalogues supporting the derivation of individual process models, describing transformation & transport processes in manufacturing, use, waste streams, air, soil & water/ sediment, and uptake & accumulation in biota.