NanoCommons will integrate the Novel and Emerging Materials (NEMs) communities around an agreed set of approaches for data generation, data management and nanoinformatics, delivered via tightly interconnected NA, JRA and TA activities. Together, these will constitute a framework of knowledge and tools to support assessment of the hazard of NMs, their transformation products and their formulations for use in advanced materials and product design, regulatory assessment of NEMs and modelling and education around NEMs and their application as key enabling technologies.
In order to achieve its goals, Nanocommons will have to overcome 3 key challenges:
- Complexity of NMs description (multi-component, intrinsic versus extrinsic factors, evolution of NMs in test systems and how it changes the NM form and surface over time);
- High volume high complexity of data/lack of standardisation of multiple methods & data types; and
- Lack of validated methods / modelling tools for categorisation of NMs read-across and other central components of regulation and hazard and risk assessment.