Here comes the 2nd NanoDefine Bulletin highlighting the most recent results produced by the project since spring 2016 and their practical potential for end-users, such as material and instrument manufacturers, to match the analytical challenges triggered by the EC Recommendation for a Nano-definition (2011/696/EU). Main objective of the EU FP7 NanoDefine project is to develop a methodology and measurement strategy to support practitioners in industries, regulatory bodies and enforcement laboratories to reliably implement the EC Nano-definition.

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To tackle the vast spectrum of complexity and diversity of existing and newly emerging advanced materials, NanoDefine has developed a tiered approach consisting of (1) rapid cost-effective screening methods that rather easily identify nanomaterials in substances or formulations, and (2) confirmatory techniques that complement the screening methods and match materials with complex matrices, such as industrial or consumer products.

 Beta version of the NanoDefiner eTool soon available!

Based on a 2-tiered approach and the validation of key analytical methods, the 'NanoDefiner' e-Tool has been developed to guide end-users to select the most appropriate measurement method(s), to correctly decide if a material or product is or contains nano, or not, according to the EC Nano definition. An open beta version of this eTool will be soon available online later in 2017. A decision support flow scheme will help material manufacturers to comply not only with the requirements of the EU nano-definition, but also with other legislations, such as REACH or the biocides, food or cosmetics regulation, regarding the assessment of possible risks. Validation of the NanoDefiner eTool is currently ongoing by using specific real-world materials and products as “case studies”, to move forward towards the final version of the NanoDefiner eTool. 

Find more information on the NanoDefiner eTool and on the latest scientific progress of the project as well as on upcoming dissemination and exploitation events in our 2nd NanoDefine Bulletin!

Read the full NanoDefine Bulletin →


Important upcoming events


 Second Open Meeting: European Conference on Standardization for Nanotechnologies and Nanomaterials

20 June 2017 - Malta

This meeting is organized by CEN/TC 352 'Nanotechnologies' in collaboration with CEN CENELEC Management Centre (CCMC) and the European Commission (EC). It will be held immediately the day before the EuroNanoForum 2017 conference in Malta, which takes place on June 21st-23rd, 2017.

This event is open to everyone who registers in advance, and participation and lunch are free of charge.

Further information and online registration →


The 'NanoDefine Summer School'

21-23 June 2017 - RIKILT, Wageningen, The Netherlands

Concept: Development of an integrated approach based on validated and standardized methods to support the implementation of the EC recommendation of the for a definition of nanomaterial. The major outcome of the project is the establishment of an integrated tiered approach based on validated rapid screening methods (tier 1) and validated confirmatory methods (tier 2). With the developed NanoDefiner eTool and user manual, end-users will be guided to implement the developed methodology.

Scope: The Summer School will provide (i) training on the tiered approach and NanoDefine’s eTool (developed by NanoDefine) for classification of nanomaterials, (ii) practical experience and use of the NanoDefiner eTool, from handling of raw data, such as EM pictures or sp-ICPMS output, to implementation into the NanoDefiner, and processing of sp-ICPMS data, (iii) practical training on sp-ICPMS and Electronic Microscopy (EM).

What should be expected from the Summer School?: After attending the Summer School, participants will understand the concept of the NanoDefiner eTool, in connection with methods of analysis, such as spICPMS and Electron Microscopy, used.

Workshop Organiser and Contact Information:

RIKILT Wageningen University & Research
P.O. Box 230, 6700 AE Wageningen, The Netherlands

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The Final NanoDefine Outreach Event

'Classification of Materials according to the EU Nano-Definition'

19-20 September 2017 - Leopold Hotel, Brussels

Join the Final NanoDefine Outreach Event on 'Classification of Materials According to the EU Nano-Definition' from the 19th to the 20th of September 2017 at  the 'Leopold' Hotel in Brussels (Rue du Luxembourg 35, 1050 Bruxelles) ( This two-day final meeting will give you a unique opportunity to learn more about the outcome of the NanoDefine project and possible practical implications, and how to meet future regulatory needs associated with the practical implementation of the EU recommendation on the Definition of Nanomaterial (2011/696/EU).

Please save this date and pre-register for free as early as possible (places are limited so first come first served) by sending an email with your name, address and affiliation to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Feel free to contact us if you have any questions and please distribute this invitation to other colleagues that may be interested.

Invitation and Preliminary Program →


Invitation to the NanoDefine Industry Focused Workshop

24 October 2017 - Frankfurt/Main, Germany

The European FP7 NanoDefine project is once again organizing an industry-focused Workshop on 24 October 2017 at “DECHEMA” in Frankfurt/Main, Germany. The main purpose of this technology transfer event is to demonstrate the newly developed particle size-related measurement tools and their practical applicability to industrial end-users, who have to classify manufactured materials, formulations or products according to the EU definition of a nanomaterial (2011/696/EU).

We invite you to this one-day event to meet our experts, to share experiences, learn from each other and to find answers to the following questions:

The workshop will be organized into four sessions: two morning sessions broadly introducing the background, concept and practical achievements of the NanoDefine project, and two afternoon sessions with practical demonstrations of the individual techniques and tools developed and with practical hands-on discussions between project experts and workshop participants.

Register and save the date! 

Registration is free of charge and can be done by sending an email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . As places are limited, registrations will be accepted on a 'first come, first served' basis.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement No 604347-2.

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