The group called The International Alliance for NanoEHS Harmonization will aim to lay the foundation for reproducible experimentation.

The International Alliance for NanoEHS Harmonization (IANH) has been formed to establish protocols for reproducible toxicological testing of nanomaterials in cultured cells and animals.

The IANH team includes researchers from Wolfgang Kreyling of Helmholtz Institute, Kenneth Dawson of University College Dublin, Gaku Ichihara of Nagoya University, Kun’ichi Miyazawa of the National Institute for Materials Science, Harald Krug of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Testing and Research (EMPA), Napier University, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health at the CDC, the University of California at Los Angeles, Gnter Oberdrster and Alison Elder of the University of Rochester, and Duke University.

IANH members have agreed to develop specific tools and testing protocols and to perform a set of experiments to lay the foundation for reproducible testing of nanomaterial biological interactions and toxicology.

“This initiative is a major step toward ensuring hazard evaluations of emerging nanomaterials that are both relevant and reproducible,” says Andrew Maynard, chief scientist, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies at Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C.

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