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Scientific Officer at European Chemicals Agency
Abdelqader Sumrein is a Scientific Officer at the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA), where he has been working since 2009. He works in the Directorate of Evaluation assessing the compliance of REACH registration dossiers, including dossiers covering nanomaterials. He is also part of the team responsible for the preparation of the EU Observatory on Nanomaterials (EUON). He has a MSc. Degree in Applied toxicology from the University of Surrey. Prior to joining ECHA, he was a graduate student in the Mirkin lab at Northwestern University working on the synthesis and applications of coordination polymer nanomaterials. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in chemistry and economics from Middlebury College.
Nanotechnology is a key enabling technology that is expected to drive innovation in many sectors in the future. At the same time, there is a perception that there is insufficient information on the safety of nanomaterials, or that these materials are inadequately regulated. As more nanomaterials are expected to enter the market, and as discussion on the health and safety of nanomaterials enters the public discourse, the demand for information on the health and safety of nanomaterials will continue to grow. The EU Observatory on Nanomaterials (EUON) was set up by the European Commission in order to provide the public, regulators, industry and scientists with information on nanomaterials, including their health and safety. The Observatory is hosted by ECHA, and the first phase of the Observatory will be launched in June 2017. The talk will give the audience a first look at the first phase of the Observatory. In addition, the talk will discuss the current and future plans for the observatory, and key challenges facing its successful implementation.”