BASF: Long-Term Research Project on Safety of Nanomaterials
The German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU), the Federal Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (BAuA) and BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany, have launched a joint safety research project. Long-term studies are planned to investigate potential chronic effects of nanoparticles in the lung. The studies are scheduled to run for four years and comply with the testing guidelines of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development). Total project funding amounts to EUR 5 million.
The goal of the study is to allow thoroughly researched statements to be made regarding the long-term effects of various important nanomaterials. One special focus is on investigating effects in the low-exposure range which are of major significance for the workplace and the environment.
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