PlasticTrace aims to address the urgent need for the development and harmonization of methods for the chemical identification, physical characterization and quantification of released small micro/nano plastics (SMPs/NPs) in drinking water, food and environmental matrices, as required by the EU Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP). In this context, combined and complementary analytical approaches will be developed, optimized, compared and harmonized, leading to metrological traceability of measurements through robust validation studies. The project will develop novel and environmentally relevant SMP/NP reference materials. International collaboration with key stakeholders around the world will be considered as the basis for a European metrology network.
The project proposes to lay the foundation for a novel approach to human risk assessment of micro- and nanoplastics (MNPs), taking into account the complex composition of MNPs.
Methods for exposure and hazard assessment in an iterative, tiered approach according to the Integrated Approach to Testing and Assessment (IATA) principles will combine, as recommended by OECD, ECHA, EFSA and JRC.
Priorities are chosen within the IATA principles to rapidly provide regulatory relevant new data for MNP risks of priority concern.
The goal of this project is to develop adapted and efficient integrative representative investigation methods and strategies (accuracy, repeatability, transferability,) to determine relevant MP contents across the different domains of the water cycle.