The GRACIOUS Framework for Grouping, Read Across and Classification of Nanomaterials and Nanoforms

Event Date: 19th February 2020 - 19th February 2020

Horizon 2020 GRACIOUS Webinar

Start: 10:00 GMT |  End: 11:00 GMT


Many variations of a single substance can exist, with differences in size, morphology and surface characteristics. Depending on the size, some variations have to be reported and regulated as nanomaterials. Financial and ethical considerations mean that safety testing of each variation for their potential adverse effects is virtually impossible. For these reasons, improved ways to obtain safety information are needed for a successful and sustainable nanomaterials sector.

The Horizon2020 project GRACIOUS develops a highly innovative science-based framework to enable practical application of Grouping, leading to Read Across and classification of nanomaterials and nanoforms. 
Want to learn more on how to do grouping? Join us for this informative webinar. 

In this webinar you will learn and discuss:

  • The background and purpose of grouping of nanomaterials/nanoforms
  • The GRACIOUS grouping Framework
  • How it can be applied for your current needs 


Dr. Vicki Stone, HWU

Who should attend?:

  • Regulatory compliance officers for manufacturers and importers of powders 
  • Formulators and product manufacturers of nano-enabled products 
  • Industry and Academia representatives in nanotechnology 
  • National and regional regulators
  • Policy makers, NGOs, Standardisation bodies 


To join the webinar please sign up via the following link:


Dr. Vicki Stone

Vicki Stone is Director of the Institute of Biological Chemistry, Biophysics and Bioengineering at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK. Vicki is also an Honorary Principal Scientist at the Institute of Occupational Medicine.  Vicki is a fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Edinburgh.  She was the holder of the Royal Society of Chemistries Toxicology Award (2015-16) and the Editor-in-chief of the journal Nanotoxicology ( for 6 years (2006-2011). Vicki has also published over 165 publications pertaining to particle toxicology over the last 25 years.  Between 2015 and 2018 Vicki was recognised by Clarivate Analytics (formerly Thomson Reuters) as one of the top 1% of all researchers in the world for the most cited publications in the field of Pharmacology and Toxicology.  

Vicki is currently involved in three new large EU funded projects:




GRACIOUS (for which Vicki is coordinator) will generate a framework for streamlining the risk assessment by facilitating grouping and read-across of nanomaterials.  PATROLS will generate advanced alternative models for assessing the hazards of nanomaterials to humans and other species. BIORIMA will generate a risk assessment framework for nanomedicines.  Other current funding includes UK Research Councils (BBSRC and NC3Rs) and industry (Byk/Altana).