From science to policy – CUSP publishes its first policy brief

First CUSP policy brief outlines the regulatory relevance of the research being carried out across the five CUSP projects; includes an overview of specific legislative areas to which CUSP activities could contribute

The five CUSP projects have produced their first joint policy brief explaining how the initiatives have come together to translate science into policy-relevant data. How micro- and nanoplastics (MNPs) might be affecting human health is still unknown, and therefore policymakers and regulatory authorities around the world are increasingly implementing regulatory measures to address this concern.

The multi-disciplinary teams within the five CUSP projects and their six transversal working groups are collaborating closely with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) to enhance the policy relevance and impact of the research. The scientific teams are putting together their efforts to better understand exposure routes, generate new knowledge in the assessment of hazards and risks, develop new analytical tools, foster data-sharing, perform interlaboratory comparisons, and communicate and disseminate the research results.

In this first policy brief, you can learn about which EU policy and legislative areas can be informed by CUSP’s findings and how the project partners are achieving this. The downloadable document includes a detailed list of EU regulations, initiatives, and missions in policy areas such as chemicals, plastics, food, and water that are related to micro- and nanoplastics and to which the CUSP activities could contribute.


CUSP (October 1, 2022). “Regulatory Relevance of the European Research Cluster to Understand the Health Impacts of Micro- and Nanoplastics (CUSP).” DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.7101443

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