NANoREG is the first project of any EU Framework Programme to combine the questions and needs of regulatory and legislation authorities with the science community, thereby delivering the knowledge required to provide unambiguous answers. NANoREG aims to develop a common European approach to the regulatory testing of manufactured nanomaterials.

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The NMC research project aims to develop new cellulosic materials, as micro / nano celluloses and xylans, and evaluate their application on the development of advanced solutions.

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NANoREG – “A common European approach to the regulatory testing of nanomaterials”

NANoREG is a project of EU Framework 7 Programme. Led by the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment of the Netherlands and involving a consortium of 65 partners from 14 countries, has a total budget of about 50 million euros. NANoREG started on March 1st, 2013 and runs until August 31st, 2016 (42 months).

Project summary

The innovative and economic potential of Manufacture Nanomaterials (MNMs) is threatened by limited understanding of MNMs safety aspects along the value chains. Substantial efforts have given insights in toxicity of MNMs and exposure risk to MNMs. However, today's knowledge is not comprehensive enough for regulatory purposes and therefore, answering open questions and closing the gaps regarding the environmental, health and safety (EHS) aspects of nanomaterials is urgently required. The outstanding approach of NANoREG will provide the right answers to Society, Industry and the National Regulation and Legislation Authorities.

Based on questions and requirements supplied by regulators and legislators, NANoREG will: (i) provide answers and solutions from existing data, complemented with new knowledge, (ii) Provide a tool box of relevant instruments for risk assessment, characterisation, toxicity testing and exposure measurements of MNMs, (iii) develop, for the long term, new testing strategies adapted to innovation requirements, (iv) Establish a close collaboration among authorities, industry and science leading to efficient and practically applicable risk management approaches for MNMs and products containing MNMs.

The interdisciplinary approach involving the three main stakeholders (Regulation, Industry and Science) will significantly contribute to reducing the risks from MNMs in industrial and consumer products.


NANoREG objectives


Project partners

The NANoREG network consists of NANoREG partners and non-consortium partners, e.g. national coordinators, industry in different kind of involvement, international organisations,etc., and the network is still expanding:

Ministerie van Infrastructuur en Milieu Stichting dienst landbouwkundig onderzoek (RIKILT)
JRC Joint Research Centre Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche
Bundesanstalt fuer Arbeitschutz und Arbeitsmedizin Association Saint Yves 
Det Nationale Forskningscenter Forabejdsmiljo Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek 
Rijksinstituut voor Volksgezondheid en Milieu Institut National de l'environnement et des Risques 
Bundesinstitut fuer Risikobewertung Agence National de Securite Sanitaire de l'alimentation, de l'environnement et du travail  
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique BioNanoNet Forschungsgesellschaft mbh 
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH Lunds Universitet 
Institute of Occupational Medicine GenØk - Senter for biosikkerhet 
TEMAS AG Technology and Management Services Universitetet i Bergen 
Fundacion GAIKER Eidgenoessisches Departement des Innern 
Nanotechnology Industries Association AISBL Veneto Nanotech S.C.p.A. 
BASF SE Instituto Tecnologico del Embalaje, Transporte y Logistica 
The provost, fellows, foundation scholars & the other members of board the college of the holy & undivided trinity of queen Elizabeth near Dublin Universidad de Lleida 
Karolinska Institutet Stiftelsen SINTEF 
Norsk Institutt for Luftforskning Universitaet Leipzig 
Istituto Superiore di Sanita NPL Management Ltd 
Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove tecnologie, l'energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile Laboratoire national de métrologie et d'essais 
Statens arbeidsmiljoinstitutt Laboratorio Iberico Internacional de Nanotecnologia 
Acondicionamiento Tarrasense Associacion Tyoeterveyslaitos - Finnish Institute of Occupational Health 
Institut National de Recherche et de Securite Universitetet for miljo og biovitenskap 
Facultes Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix de Namur Fundacion Tekniker (IK4) 
Commissariat a l’Energie atomique et aux energies alternatives Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola AB 
Geochem Research BV Instituto de Soldadura e Qualidade 
Public Health England Turvallisuus ja kemikaalivirasto 
Centrum voor Onderzoek in Diergeneeskunde en Agrochemie Bayer MaterialScience AG 
Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona Arkema France SA 
Fondazione Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia Stora Enso OYJ 
Asociacion de investigacion de las industrias de la construccion UPM-Kymmene OYJ 
SP Sveriges Tekniska Forskningsinstitut AB  

Disclosure documents

NANoREG newsletters:

For more details about NANoREG please visit the official website

Source: NANoREG

European Coordinator 

National Contact

 Tom van Teunenbroek

 Helena Gouveia

Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

ISQ - Instituto de Soldadura e Qualidade

Plesmanweg 1-6, 2597 JG Den Haag,

Taguspark – Oeiras
Av.Prof.Dr.Cavaco Silva,33
2740-120 Porto Salvo





NMC – “New Cellulose Materials”Design of New Cellulosic Materials for the development of advanced applications.

This project is funded  by the Programme COMPETE/QREN.


Cellulose is the most abundant biopolymer in nature. The international research into cellulose has proven very promising possibilities of creating new applications with high added value, leading consequently to the valorization of the forestry sector.  Moreover, the increase in oil prices together with a greater preference for sustainable products by consumers, have progressively enable the production based in materials from renewable sources in alternative to petrochemical origin.

The present context and the pulp and paper industry progress expectations, has led some sectorial business groups to formulate diversification strategies, including a significant commitment on the development of new products such as nanocelulose as a way to reduce market exposure in certain segments.

Portucel is a forest industry company with a strong focus on international markets. By following the development of "bio-economy" concepts, Portucel seeks to strengthen its competitiveness and take advance of this new market early growth.

The micro / nano fibrillated cellulose has been gaining a tremendous interest in various productive sectors at worldwide level. The reasons for this interest are mainly related to its exceptional features such as high strength, smoothness, low density and biodegradability, and the potential applications of micro / nano fibrillated cellulose, including the production of bio nano composites.

Portugal is one of the leading producers of Eucalyptus globulus pulp, a plant species with a high content of hemicellulose. In this purpose, this project aims to research and evaluate the potential of this species in the production of xylans.



The main objectives of this project are:


Apart from Portucel, this project involves several institutions from National Scientific and Technological System (NSCT), with competences and experience in different areas of knowledge. Using a co-promotion concept, and taking advance from these different competences and experiences, the consortium aims to contribute to the development of micro / nano cellulose and xylans production innovative solutions.

The consortium is composed by the following entities:


Portucel – Portuguese pulp and paper industry. It is the leading promoter of the NMC project and ensures overall project management.
RAIZ - Research Institute of Forest and Paper ensures the scientific and technical management of the project.

NSCT institutions:

UA - Universidade de Aveiro (CICECO - Centro de Investigação em Materiais Cerâmicos e Compósitos, and QOPNA - Química Orgânica de Produtos Naturais e Agroalimentares).
UC - Universidade de Coimbra (CIEPQPF - Centro de Investigação em Engenharia dos Processos Químicos e dos Produtos da Floresta, and Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra). 
UBI - Universidade da Beira Interior (Departmento de Química)
UNL - Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia
ISQ - Instituto de Soldadura e Qualidade (Departmento de Segurança e Ambiente)


Participants in subcontracting system:

IST – Instituto Superior Técnico (ICEMS - Instituto de Ciências e Engenharia de Materiais e Superfícies, e do CPQ - Centro de Processos).

PIEP - Pólo de Inovação em Engenharia de Polímeros


NMC Coordinator

ISQ Main Contact

 Eng.º António Mendes de Sousa

 Eng.º Marco António Estrela

Portucel - Empresa Produtora de Pasta e Papel S.A.
Quinta de S. Francisco, Apartado 15,
3801-501 Eixo

ISQ - Instituto de Soldadura e Qualidade
Taguspark – Oeiras
Av. Prof. Dr. Cavaco Silva,33
2740-120 Porto Salvo