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Impacts and risks on human health and environment related to Nano- and Microplastic



Mónica Amorim
WG1 leader
University of Aveiro
Gabriela Kalčikova
WG1 co-leader
University of Ljubljana



WG1 aims to assess impacts and risks on human health and environment related to N/MPs, as well as to identify, develop and increase the European and global standardization of methods for testing the hazards of N/MPs.

Furthermore, it aims to identify and disseminate key challenges and research priorities in the field of (eco)toxicity testing, towards the harmonization of standardized hazard testing in various species and matrices. WG1 has two main subgroups: human health and environment.



Subgroup 1 – Human health

Leader: Dr. Amedeo Amedei, Florence University, Italy (
Dr. Manosij Ghosh, KU LEUVEN, Belgium (

Subgroup 2 – Environment

Leader: Dr. Janeck J. Scott-Fordsmand, Aarhus University, Denmark (




Round tables

1st Round Table, 12th September 2023

Round table organized “A one-health approach for risk assessment of micro and nano-plastics”. This was organized as a meeting of three projects related to MP/NPs (Papillon-Minagris-PRIORITY) as a hybrid event and was held at the end of the AGRIFOODPLAST Conference 2023.

The meeting was structured in three sessions: Following an introduction three sessions were held.

1. Presentations from MINAGRIS and PAPILLON EU project and COST Action PRIORITY

2. Scene-setting: A roadmap for micro and nanoplastics risk assessment and Standardisation of methods

Session 2 involved scene-setting expert presentations:

  • Ettore Capri. A roadmap for micro and nanoplastics risk assessment: lessons to be learned from plant protection products. Professor in Agricultural Chemistry and expert in pesticide risk assessment having worked for several years in the EFSA Plant Protection Products panel.
  • Margherita Ferrante. Standardisation of methods for micro and nanoplastics quantification. The experience with patented food methods and the potential transfer to soil analyses. Professor in Human Hygiene and has developed a patented method for microplastics quantification in foods

3. World café discussion: research, policy, public

Session 3 was an interactive in-person session exploring how Risk Assessment Roadmap, Method Standardisation and Research gaps can be met for policy development. A world café method was used in which three groups of participants rotated around three flip chart stations (policy, research, public) where they discussed given open questions with a facilitator who captured the discussions.


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