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PlasticsFatE at VAMAS Event: Measurement needs for microplastics

Two PlasticsFatE partners - Korinna Altmann (BAM) and Ulrike Braun (UBA) have recently supported and participated in the Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards (VAMAS) Technical Working Area 45, 'Micro and Nano Plastics in the Environment’ event.

Micro and nanoplastics contamination in food and the environment are growing fast and there are concerns about the potential consequences for the environment and human health. To have reliable data are mandatory for the society, to meet regulatory requirements and, in particular, for the decision-makers. This event was therefore a valuable opportunity to discuss these salient issues.

During Korinna's presentation on "Harmonisation efforts of the CUSP projects,” she introduced the CUSP research focus and its harmonisation efforts. This included the announcement of an international laboratory comparison study in 2023 and information on the production of reference materials at BAM.

In a talk titled “Microplastics in international standardization,” (ISO, CEN) Ulrike gave an overview about the actual state of standardisation of microplastics. Specific emphasis was placed on the scope and the work program of the Joint Working Group of ISO/TC 147, as well as the first outcome of standardized protocols.

The Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards (VAMAS) was formed in 1982 with the mission of fostering world trade in products that depend on advanced materials through international collaborations that provide the technical basis for harmonization of measurement methods, codes of practice and standards. The platform was established to assess concerns and support the initiation of international projects in developing reliable protocols to support future standardisation.

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