The aim of SafeNano Norway is to create a self-sustaining national network for industry and scientists to develop safe nanotechnology and increase public confidence in nanoproducts.





  • To facilitate knowledge transfer
  • To create a forum in which discussion of ideas takes place
  • To address challenges and concerns regarding nanomaterials
  • To provide an opportunity for people involved in nanomaterial safety to meet

This website is designed to offer a source of general information regarding the current knowledge of human and environmental interactions with nanomaterials.

The SafeNano Norway initiative is a venture part funded by the Research Council of Norway (NANOMAT program) and a group of leading research institutions and universities. The initiative is designed to help industrial and academic communities quantify and control the risks to their workforce, as well as to consumers, the general population and the environment, through both information provision and active research.


Recent Articles and News


Summary of the Spring 2014 EU NanoSafety Cluster Database Survey

  • The NanoSafety Cluster Database working group organized in Spring 2014 a survey for the community to summarize the current state of databases and including questions of a more technical nature.

The results of the completed survey can be found at

This survey is a first in a biannual continuous effort and attempt to collect, organise and share up-to-date information about NanoSafety related databases worldwide. For example, it included questions about application programming interfaces, database schema, supported input and output formats, etc. This document summarizes the responses we received before August 2014


EU NanoSafety Cluster WG4 (Database) announces immediate availability of an online NanoSafety Database Survey

  • The EU NanoSafety Cluster WG4 (Database) announces immediate availability of an online NanoSafety Database Survey. Your participation would be highly appreciated.

The survey can be completed at

This survey is a first in a biannual continuous effort and attempt to collect, organise and share up-to-date information about NanoSafety related databases worldwide. The resulting list of databases will continuously be updated with new valuable insight along its development. The objective is to help owners and administrators of NanoSafety related databases to broaden awareness of their databases and to ensure interoperability of data. 


NANoREG EU FP7 Flagship project has Norwegian kick off meeting

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  • On Thursday 17th October international researchers, government and industry representatives attended the Norwegian Kick Off meeting of the EU FP7 Flagship Project NANoREG. The project will provide a common European approach to the regulatory testing of Manufactured Nanomaterials. NANoREG is the first FP7 project to deliver the answers needed by regulators and legislators on EHS by linking them to a scientific evaluation of data and test methods. The project involves 15 countries and 66 partners.

    Participating institutions from Norway are the University of Bergen (meeting hosts), SINTEF, GenØk Centre for Biosafety, University of Life Sciences, Comet Biotech, NILU and STAMI.


Safety of Nanotechnology in Sunscreens

  • The Nanodermatology Society has published a position statement on the safety of nanotechnology in sunscreens. Dr. Adam Friedman, Vice-President of NDS said, "To date, the data show that the nanotechnology used in sunscreens is safe. To make available to the public information on why these nano-ingredients are used in sunscreens along with the latest material safety data is extremely important".


Nano and the Environment: Potential Risks, Real Uncertainties & Urgent Issues

  • A report written at the specific request of the Norwegian Ministry of Environment which aims to be accessible for those unfamiliar with the field. Introduces readers to nano and its environmental issues, promotes the adoption of a lifecycle perspective, argues for the integration of social and ethical aspects into both R&D and decision-making, and highlights 3 cases as being of particular importance for their potential environmental impacts - nanosilver, carbon nanotubes and nanoparticles used for remediation.

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International Cooperations

The BioNanoNet Forschungsgesellschaft mbH is an Austrian scientific network that specializes in the key enabling technologies nanotechnology and biotechnology on a national and international basis, with the emphasis on (1) nanotoxicology, (2) sensortechnologies, as well as (3) health, safety, medicine, and additionally supports projects in coordination, management, dissemination and communication.

The BioNanoNet GmbH has the clear aim of driving innovative interdisciplinary research by supporting the cooperation by bringing together scientific experts to gain critical mass for thematic areas, to initiate, set up and manage national as well as international research projects.

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