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ASINA: Anticipating Safety Issues at the Design Stage of NAno Product Development


About project

Thinking and designing safe nanomaterials is no child’s play. There is no supply chain approach to assess the impact of Safe by Design on the production processes and value chains of nanomaterial products. This is the aim of the European Horizon 2020 project ASINA: to define a Safety by Design strategy for the development of nanomaterials with reduced risk and safe for people’s health throughout the product life cycle, improving the competitiveness of companies.


Project in progress

Program: Horizon 2020 GA ID 862444

Theme: #Nanotecnologies, #SafetyByDesign



April 2020


February 2024

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Project objectives

ASINA has the ambition to promote consistent, applicable and scientifically valid Safe-by-Design practices, which take into account all dimensions of nano-enabled product design: functionality, manufacturing technologies, safety, environmental sustainability, cost effectiveness and regulatory requirements, in line with the responsible research innovation policy.

Define a Safe by Design methodology for nanomaterials, with a focus on clean nanotechnology for coatings and nano-encapsulated systems for cosmetics.

Increase international market confidence in products designed with Safe by Design.

Define a roadmap to improve the quality, health, safety of Safe by Design nanotechnologies.


Project partners

22 partners including companies, research centres, universities and public bodies from EU and non-EU countries.

Organization Website / contacts
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, CNR (Italy) – Research Centre, Coordinator Link
Università degli studi Milano Bicocca, DISAT (Italy) – University Link
TECNALIA (Spain) – Research Centre Link
Centro tecnologico LEITAT (Spain) – Research Centre Link
Centro de Nanotecnologia e Materiais Tecnicos Funcionais e Inteligentes Associacao (CENTI) (Portugal) – Research Centre
TRANSGERO LIMITED (Ireland) – Research Centre Link
University of Limerick (UK) – University Link
Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (France) – Research Centre Link
UK centre for ecology & hydrology (UK) – Research Centre Link
PROJECT HUB 360 (Italy) – Enterprise
UNI – Ente Italiano di Normazione (Italy), Technical standardisation body
WITEC (Italy) – Enterprise
Mica Nanotech LTD (Italy) – Enterprise Link
Bionanoplus SL (Spain) – Enterprise Link
Red of view srl (Italy) – Enterprise Link
Warrant Hub spa (Italy) – Enterprise Link
Angel consulting sas di Matteo Zanotti Russo & C (Italy) – Enterprise Link
Iowa state university of science and technology (USA) – University Link
PETA (UK) – Research Centre Link

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