In NANoREG the Portuguese participation is through ISQ, which is coordinating a group of 4 entities, called PToNANO formed by 4 R&D entities, whose competencies are complementary in the field of the nanotechnology. The consortium is led by ISQ, which is the formal NANoREG’s partner and also acts as national coordinator and National advisor. The other 3 entities (INSA - National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge, I.P; IPQ - Portuguese Institute for Quality, I.P and DGS - Portuguese General Directorate of Human Health, act as external partners in the project. An overview of PToNANO is given through the profiles of the 4 entities, which are presented below:
The Portuguese General Directorate of Human Health (DGS) is a public administration body responsible for the implementation of national policies aiming to promote public health, taking into account healthy standards of life and a safe environment. DGS main goal is to provide policy advise for decision-makers based on sound scientific arguments and furthermore to provide information to professionals and the general public. DGS perform numerous tasks as national coordinator competent authority for the Biocides and REACH namely, performing chemical human health risk assessments and hazard classification and labelling (CLP).
The National Health Institute Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA) develops its activity as State Laboratory of the health sector, National Reference Laboratory and National Health Observatory. Its main mission is to contribute to gains in public health, either on the laboratory area or through specialized health care, to provide the Ministry of Health with the adequate data for knowledge-based decision-making essential to define the national health policy, to follow the guidelines defined by the Ministry of Health and to answer the questions raised by the scientific community and the society. INSA ensures its mission through research and technological development, epidemiological and health services research, laboratory quality assurance through external evaluation, diffusion of scientific culture, fostering capacities, knowledge and skills through training programs and by providing specialized services in several domains including the prevention of genetic diseases. INSA develops several R&D activities on the health sciences domain, with a special focus on epidemiology, environmental health, food and nutrition, genetics, proteomics, health services, infectious diseases, chronic diseases and health promotion.
The Portuguese Institute for Quality (IPQ) is a public institute integrated into the indirect administration of the State under the superintendence and responsibility of the Ministry of Economy, endowed with administrative and financial autonomy and its own assets subject to Decree Law nº. 71/2012, enacted on 21th Mars and Decree Order nº 23/2013, enacted on 24th January which approve its organic structure and articles of association, respectively. IPQ´s Mission is to ensure the coordination of the Portuguese Quality System and of other regulatory conformity assessment systems conferred upon it by law; the promotion and coordination of activities which seek to contribute to demonstrating the credibility of the action of economic agents, as well as the carrying out of the activities inherent in its duties as the National Metrology Institute and the National Standardization Body. The Portuguese Quality System is the integrated set of interrelated and interacting entities and organizations which, following internationally accepted principles, rules and procedures, join forces to boost Quality in Portugal and ensure the coordination of the three subsystems – Metrology, Standardization and Conformity Assessment. IPQ as the National Metrology Institute is signatory of CIPM MRA since 14 October 1999. It is incumbent upon the IPQ Metrology Service to assure the accuracy and the traceability of the measurements in Portugal, realizing the Constitutional purpose of national sovereign, measuring standards and realizing the metrological control of measuring instruments satisfying the Portuguese industrial and society needs; To support national competitiveness and citizens welfare trough a technological advanced metrological infra-structure; To be the reference national entity in the European metrological network in development, contributing to the leadership of Europe in the frame of the world economy. At national level it is incumbent upon the Standardization Department to provide effective management of the standardization process, with a view to its editing, promoting the right conditions for the participation of the parties concerned in the development, maintenance, dissemination and distribution of the set of national standards, taking particular care with the timeframes required by the market. In international terms, IPQ ensures the representation of Portugal in the relevant structures, to wit the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).
ISQ is an independent, private, non-profitable, technical, scientific and industrial oriented organization founded in 1965. More than 80% of its income comes from its international operation in Europe and abroad. ISQ’s main activities include technical inspections, consultancy, training, testing and R&D in a range of areas as Materials, Environmental Technologies, Health and Safety, Energy, Metrology, Quality Assurance, Industrial Automation and Robotics, Structural integrity and Risk assessment and a range of sectors as oil&gas, aeronautics and aerospace, process industries, energy and power generation, civil engineering, healthcare and medical, construction and infrastructures. ISQ’s know-how is supported by a network of more than 20 accredited laboratories and a large involvement in National, European and International R&D projects and a long history of collaboration with many different Universities, Scientific Research Institutes, companies and other institutions in more than 30 countries worldwide. ISQ is nowadays a group owing 37 companies in Portugal and abroad. Some of them are spin-offs from its core activity, and in other cases, the result of new opportunities and/or of its own benchmarking.