Progress and results

i-NANOTool project will develop an interactive platform (e-tool) for environmental self diagnosis addressed to nanoparticles manufacturers in European countries with the objective of contributing to the efficient implantation of European environmental legislations and policies and environmental management practices.   

Project Progress 2

January 2015

Inanotool webinar: Nanotechnology - Regulatory safety assessment, REACH and CLP

 

Nanotechnology nanokokkola section material week is part of the i-Nanotool project which is funded by the LIFE 12 programe ENV/ES/326.

During this webinar, Outi Tunnela and Jukka Ahitinnen are discussing about regulatory safety assessment of nanotechnology and how REACH and CLP are dealing with nanomaterials.

  • Outi Tunnela, Scientific officer of the regulatory advise of the helpdesk of the "Europpean Chemicals Agency" ECHA: "Nanotechnology - Regulatory safety assessment, REACH and CLP".
  • Jukka Ahitianen, Doctor Scientific at the Finnish Chemicals Agency: "Regulatory safety Assesment of nanomaterials and NANoREG project"

 

November 2014

Mid Term  i-NANOTool project life.

During the first 15 project months different activities have been concluded and several important results have been achieved.

Preparation Actions, focused on the study of the current legislation related to environmental impact of the process of manufacturing nanomaterials, have outputted:

  • Deliverable A1.1. Report “Environmental legislation in the countries involved in the project”.
  • Deliverable A1.2. Report “Nanomaterials, European environmental legislation”. -  
  • Deliverable A2.1. Methods available for environmental evaluation.  

Implementation Actions nowadays are running, so far 75% of the activities planned have been completed successfully and therefore the following results have achieved:

  • Deliverable B1.1. Set of documents with technical contents in different languages. This set includes the Current environmental legislation, environmental questionnaire and guidelines to assessment and management of the environmental impact. These documents have been used as information input to develop the e-tool.
  • Deliverable B2.1. Software tool and integration. E-tool has been developed and integrated on the website project. An user guide of the e-tool, with useful and basic instructions to help the user companies, has been developed. E-tool and user guide have been developed in the different languages involved on the project.
  • Deliverable B3.1 Report: Results of validate e-tool activity. Pilot experience with eight European nanomaterials manufacturers has been conducted. It has permitted to the consortium check if the e-tool meets specifications and if it fulfills its intended purpose.  

E-tool Implementation Task was launched in November, 20 European companies engaged to nanomaterials production participate completing environmental self diagnosis.  

Monitoring Actions are carrying out from the beginning of the project. Different indicators have been established in order to monitor evolution and impact of the e-tool and project.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

23th July 2014

First year i-NANOTool project life.

During the first year of the project, Action A has been concluded. This Action has comprised the study of the current legislation related to environmental impact of the process of manufacturing nanomaterials or nanoparticles and the study of the environmental impact of the manufacturing process of nanomaterials.

The main information and conclusions of these tasks were included in the next documents:

  • Deliverable A1.1. Report “Environmental legislation in the countries involved in the project”. Determination of current National environmental regulations for nanomaterials manufacturer. As result the companies will know all the requirements that affect their activity al local level.
  • Deliverable A1.2. Report “Nanomaterials, European environmental legislation”. Determination of European current environmental regulations related to nanomaterials manufacturer. As result the companies will know all the requirements that affect their activity at European level.
  • Deliverable A2.1. Methods available for environmental evaluation. List of Tests and methodologies to carry out the assessment of environmental impact of nanomaterials and their production process and guidelines about actual methods for evaluation of environmental impact

The implementation actions of the project were launched in January of 2014, including the development of the e-tool to environmental self diagnosis and its validation. Deliverable products obtained so far has been the following:

  • B1.1. Set of documents with technical contents in different languages.
  • B2.1. Software tool and integration.

From the beginning a monitoring of the impact of the project actions. Although the etool has not been launched yet, different mechanisms to evaluate the impact of the etool have been established Number of website project visits and identifying potential additional partners interested in further project.
INANOTOOL partners have started from the beginning of the project with the Action D, dissemination activities. The main deliverable already available of this Action is the website of the project (www.inanotool.com ) (Action D.3). The communication plan has been done (Action D.1) where the communication actions are described (events attendance, publications,..), and the printing material and Identity Corporate Manual have been done (Action D.2).
Regarding the Action E: Project Management and monitoring of the project progress, the plan was established and approved by the management board (one designated member from each project partner).
The meeting calendar and reporting schedule was defined with the aim to have a technical, administrative and financial control and to solve any risk or conflict that could appear during the project development. The inception report was evaluated positively in April 2014.

Nowadays the e-tool is being validated in 8 European companies and expects that will be available in September of 2014 thought the web portal.

July 7th, Mr. Christos Tokamanis, Head of Unit “Advanced Materials and Nano Technologies” - Directorate “Key Enabling Technologies” - Directorate-General “Research & Innovation" of the European Commission, visited CeNTI. He was informed about the INANOTOOL project, and he showed a strong interest on the project development.