In order to ensure that the research and innovation objectives of this project are achieved, a clearly defined work-programme has been set up and divided into a number of Work Packages (WP) and Tasks to allow the team of researchers to focus on the development of the project:
- During the 1st stage, the set up of a Technological Surveillance System will be carried out (WP1). The target is to develop a systematic, continuous practice for the selection of engineered nanomaterials in order to assess their safety, environmental, and human health implications. These nanomaterials will be selected in relation to their applications and relevance. Moreover, a survey will be carried out to assess the occupational health and safety procedures in place.
- During WP2, the selected engineered nanomaterials will be synthesised and macro-scale structural specimens will be manufactured. This will enable the consortium to analyse the implications of such nanomaterials from synthesis to disposal.
- WP3 involves the generation of nanoscale dust particles from the macro-scale fibre reinforced nanostructures fabricated in WP2, to consider the exposure throughout the whole life cycle of nanomaterials in as near ‘real life’ exposure as possible.
- The 4th and 5th stages will assess the health implications (WP4) and environmental implications (WP5) of selected engineered nanomaterials in parallel. The health effects of nanoparticles (1) lungs; (2) the structural study of cells and protein expression, and (3) the genotoxicological effects will be studied. During WP5 the potential of nanomaterials to damage the environment (or human health through the environment) will be assessed, based on persistence, bioaccumulation and eco-toxicity studies. Moreover, the environmental performance of nanocompounds from cradle to grave will be assessed.
- The 6th stage will carry out an integrated assessment of the results from WP4 and WP5. WP6 aims to make available the understanding of the safety, environmental and health implications of nanomaterials in order to define the appropriate measures and minimise the exposure of workers. Guidelines for responsible management of waste nanomaterials are also intended. This WP will be led by EKOTEK.
- Finally, the 7th stage of the project will envisage the dissemination of the research results (WP7). In parallel to all above, the optimisation of the allocation of resources within the project and among the partners will be controlled, ensuring all aspects of the EC requirements for communication and reporting are met (WP8).