Assessing human health effects of micro- and nanoplastics (MNPs) is challenging for several reasons. MNPs are complex mixtures. MNPs may have different geometries, shapes and sizes. They can be made from different polymer types and contain various additives and contaminants.

Join us for a special workshop on Tuesday 14 March at 12:30 – 17:00 CET, organised by the POLYRISK project in collaboration with CUSP, to join a discussion on how to establish frameworks for assessing human health risks of MNPs. The first session of the workshop will provide an overview on existing approaches and frameworks for polymers and nanomaterials, which might be relevant for MNPs. The second session will see discussions how the existing approaches and frameworks can be adapted for MNPs.

Participants are invited to actively engage in the scientific discussions during the breakout sessions. Some of the questions to be tackled include: ‘how useful are the existing frameworks for MNPs?’ and ‘where should we set priorities for research in the next few years?’.

Registered participants will receive selected background materials approximately one week ahead of the workshops. A written summary will be shared afterwards.

This workshop is part of a three-part series on the human risk assessment of micro- and nanoplastics (MNPs) organised by CUSP Working Group on Risk Assessment (WG5) and CUSP member projects. The first workshop, organized by WG5 and PlasticHeal on February 7th, focused on regulatory insights and knowledge gaps. The second workshop within the series is about risk assessment frameworks on March 14th and organized by WG5 and PolyRisk. The third workshop, organized by WG5 and PlasticsFatE, will take place on April 21st and will focus on data and information gaps.


Interested stakeholders can register for this workshop here. This event is free of charge and open to all interested stakeholders including researchers, those involved in policy-making, and professionals interested in the risk assessment of MNPs. The meeting will take place virtually via Zoom, and a meeting link will be sent to you automatically upon registration. 

Click here to download the agenda for the workshop.