Innovation in research on micro- and nanoplastics and their effects on human health

We are a multidisciplinary team with expertise in a wide range of fields including food sciences & technology, allergy, immunology, biomedicine, biology, chemistry, bioinformatics, machine learning, paediatrics and others, cooperating across Europe to investigate the relationship among micro- and nanoplastics (MNPs) and allergic diseases.

The Project

Untangling the multifaceted relationship of exposure routes, risks and health impacts of MNPs.

Improving MNP detection

We plan to develop innovative tools to measure and characterize MNPs and potential contaminants in food, water and air.

MNPs combined with pollutants

We are committed to understanding the effect of MNPs combined with potentially harmful environmental contaminants adhering to their surfaces and finding their way into the human body.

The relationship with allergic diseases

We aim to examine a possible link between MNPs and their role in food allergy and allergic asthma.

CUSP Research Cluster

Imptox is one of five projects in the EU Horizon 2020 programme that collaborates with the European Commission's Joint Research Center to form The European Research Cluster to Understand the Health Impacts of Micro- and Nanoplastics, CUSP. It is the cluster’s overall goal to contribute with new scientific knowledge and know-how to the European Strategy for Plastics.

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The latest CUSP Policy Brief is out! Read and download now.

CUSP, the European Research Cluster to understand the health effects of micro- and nanoplastics has published its latest policy brief, titled "Micro- and Nanoplastics and Public Health: A Reasonable Concern".


EU Action Against Microplastics

Microplastic pollution has emerged as a critical environmental challenge, with its pervasive presence threatening ecosystems and human health alike. The European Union (EU) has responded resolutely, spearheading initiatives to address this pressing issue. In a recent publication, the EU outlined comprehensive strategies and actions aimed at reducing microplastic pollution and promoting a cleaner, healthier environment.


IAFP European Symposium in Geneva to Host Imptox Session on Pathogens in the Plastisphere

Taking place on April 30th and spearheaded by Prof. Andreja Rajkovic (UGent), the session will showcase a series of insightful talks from various Imptox researchers.


Publication Alert: A new protocol to study microplastics colonization in marine waters

Imptox researchers from UGent and the CNRS have developed a novel protocol, derived from their microplastics incubation experiments in France and Belgium, now published on

The Imptox Team

Imptox is a multidisciplinary consortium of 12 partners from 8 European countries.