Creation of the NaMAsTE Research Group: Manufactured nanomaterials, toxicology, ecotoxicology and risks, towards controlled development (Nanomatériaux MAnufacturés, Toxicologie, Écotoxicologie et risques)

On 6 December, the first working meeting was held of the Research Group (GdR) NaMAsTE (Manufactured nanomaterials, toxicology, ecotoxicology and risks: towards a controlled development), coordinated by Dr Emmanuel Flahaut of the CNRS in Toulouse, with the aim of building the roadmap and the three main axes of work:

Axis 1:
Identification and understanding of risks related to manufactured nanomaterials through a systemic approach

Axis 2:
Eco-design of safer manufactured nanomaterials

Axis 3:
Implementation of a group of (eco)toxicity tests to evaluate nanomaterials under realistic conditions of exposure at the various stages of their life cycle.

The GdR is made up of several dozen research laboratories that are experts in the field of nanomaterials, including the toxicology laboratory at the Pasteur Institute in Lille. Its objectives are to enable the acquisition of robust (eco)toxicological data on nanomaterials, to rationalise studies and methodologies, to interact with standardisation bodies, and to coordinate research on nanomaterials at both national and European level.

The official labelling of the GdR is scheduled for early 2023, with a duration of 5 years.