The Food and Environment Research Agency (FERA)

 United Kingdom

The Food and Environment Research Agency (Fera) was launched as an Executive Agency of the UK’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on 1 April 2009. Fera brings together the Central Science Laboratory, the UK Government Decontamination Service, the Plant Health and Seeds Inspectorate, Plant Varieties and Seeds Division and Plant Health Division.


Fera has over 900 highly qualified staff and a budget of around £72 million (€83 million). Fera scientists are active members of various UK and EU committees, and are influential in providing scientific input to the European Commission. Fera is also an active participant of the SnIRC network (Safety of nanomaterials Interdisciplinary Research Centre: www.snirc.org). Fera’s Nanotechnology team has developed a wide ranging knowledgebase in the areas of relevant processes, products, applications, potential health effects and environmental impacts, and relevant regulatory frameworks. The Team has led or participated in a number of national and international projects on different aspects of nanotechnologies safety in recent years. Notable examples of the currently ongoing projects include the FP7 collaborative project ‘Nanolyse’, and the UK funded projects ‘Nanolifecycle’ and ‘Nanotoxicokinetics’. Fera’s role in Marina project will be to participate in building exposure scenarios to nanomaterials, exposure modelling, identification of suitable methods for characterisation of nanomaterials in environmental matrices, and estimation of PECs.

Contact:
Dr. Qasim Chaudhry
The Food and Environment Research Agency
Sand Hutton
YO41 1LZ York
United Kingdom
Tel.: +44 1904 462584
Fax: +44 1904 462111
email: qasim.chaudhry@fera.gsi.gov.uk
Web: www.defra.gov.uk/fera