Micro and nanoplastics: a health risk?
Humans are exposed to incidental micro and nanoplastics (MNPLs) due to their ubiquitous presence in the environment, but there is only very limited information on the potential impact of this exposure on human health. The current regulatory framework cannot ensure that incidental MNPLs present in the air, and in food and beverage products are at safe levels for the population.
Evidence-based policy making
PLASTICHEAL project will develop new methodologies and reliable scientific evidence for regulators to set the knowledge basis for adequate risk assessment of MNPLs.
The CUSP cluster is a newly funded EU initiative to answer key micro- and nanoplastics related questions on human health and provide policy-relevant scientific data.
EU project PLASTICHEAL will investigate micro and nanoplastics impact and consequences on human health
The initiative will develop new methodologies and will provide reliable scientific evidence for regulators to set the knowledge basis for adequate risk assessment.
Over 60 scientists, experts and stakeholders from 11 partner organisations in 7 EU countries met to begin the work of this four-year research and innovation action.
PLASTICHEAL, together with AURORA, IMPTOX, PlasticsFatE and POLYRISK, is one of the five European main research projects currently working to understand micro- and nanoplastics (MNPLs) in our environment and their exposures and impacts on health.