Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM)

 United Kingdom

The Institute of Occupational Medicine (IOM) is a major independent centre of scientific excellence in the fields of occupational and environmental health, hygiene, and safety. It was established in 1969 and has been fully independent since 1990.

IOM have recently been appointed by the EC as one of three contractors to provide reviews for policy support on emerging occupational heath issues. IOM have established a leading presence on nanotechnology risk issues through a strong reputation in assessing the risks of small particles (e.g. coal dust, asbestos, metal oxides), by leading or participating in several of the key reviews commissioned by the UK Government in response to the Royal Society Report and organisation of conferences such as Nanotoxiciology 2006, 2007, 2010. We run, under contract from the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), the SAFENANO information service ( on nanoparticle risk issues which has a focus on collecting and interpreting the emerging scientific evidence for industry. This is intended to be the primary source of information for industry on these issues. IOM participates in many of the major networks linked to nanoparticle risk issues such as ISO 229 WG3 Nanotechnology: Safety, Health and Environment; the EU Framework 7 Programme advisory board. IOM is the coordinator of MARINA, IOM will assist ERS in the administrative management of the project (WP1), lead WP2 on Scientific Management and WP6 on Occupational/Consumer Exposure Assessment. IOM will also participate in other WP, significantly in WP9. IOM has considerable working experience in FP projects. We are currently participating in FP7 NANOMMUNE, NANOTEST, NANCORE, NANODEVICE, NANOIMPACTNET. IOM has also lead several FP projects such as FP6 PARTICLE_RISK, HEIMTSA and is currently leading FP7 NANEX and ENPRA.

Dr. Lang Tran
Research Avenue North Riccarton
EH14 4AP Edinburgh
United Kingdom
Tel.: +44 131 449 8050
Fax: +44 131 449 8084