Data on the impact of nanomaterials on health, safety and the environment

The DaNa Database provides information on the impact of nanomaterials on health and the environment and on risk management and safety. 

A few years ago, the German ministry for research and education funded a database - DaNa Database (Data and knowledge on Nanomaterials), which provides information on the impact that nanomaterials may have on health and the environment and on risk management and safety.

The publications that form the basis of this database are selected according to established criteria throughout the international scientific community.

As a result, to quote one example, 20 procedures for the description and comparison of the biological effect of nanoparticles/nanomaterials have been developed within the framework of an FP7 European project.

The database covers the following questions:

  • What application contains certain nanomaterials?
  • Are humans or the environment in contact with these nanomaterials?
  • What are the consequences?
  • Is there a risk? 

By selecting an application and the corresponding nanomaterial, DaNa provides the material's properties and associated risk for both human health and the environment. 

Twelve research projects are currently underway. The database was last updated in 2015.

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