The European Commission have funded a Coordination & Support Action (CSA) to review current information on the health and safety of nanoparticles. The project, called "Engineered Nanoparticles: Review of Health and Environmental Safety (ENRHES)", involves a survey to gather information from manufacturers and uses of nanomaterials to provide context for the scientific review and inform the risk assessment considerations.
**PROJECT AIM** The overall aim of the project is to perform a comprehensive and critical scientific review of the health and environmental safety of fullerenes, carbon nanotubes (CNTs), metal and metal oxide nanomaterials. The review will consider sources, pathways of exposure, the health and environmental outcomes of concern, in the context illustrating the state-of-the-art in the field and informing the regulation of the potential risks of engineered nanoparticles.
**ABOUT THIS SURVEY** As part of this project, ION is carrying out a survey to determine the quantities of various types of nanomaterials produced and used, as well as the type of products in which they are used. We are also collecting some basic information from each company regarding knowledge held about health and safety issues. This information is intended to be used to inform our risk assessment considerations as part of the scientific review. The questionnaire is security enabled and all information will be treated in strictest confidence. No information about individual companies will be made public. The information provided will only be used as part of the ENRHES review project.
The survey is a web based survey which will only take a few minutes to fill in. It would be extremely helpful to us if you would take the time to complete the survey.
**DEADLINE FOR RESPONSES** Please note the deadline for completing the survey is Friday 6th of March 2009.
**WHY PARTICIPATE?** Information from industry is an important component of the project to complement the research literature being reviewed. Participants in this survey will receive a complementary electronic copy of the ENRHES Review at the end of the project.
**IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE SURVEY** Please note: you can only choose one material at a time and materials must be chosen in ALPHABETICAL ORDER to prevent data loss.
The questionnaire is security enabled and all information will be treated in strictest confidence. No information about individual companies will be made public.
If you have any questions about the survey or how the results will be used, please contact me, Del Stark at +44(0)141 303 8444 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
After completing the survey you will be directed to the project’s website (http://nmi.jrc.ec.europa.eu/project/ENRHES.htm) where you can find more information.