The Istituto Superiore di Sanità (Italian National Institute of Health) has proposed the establishment of a National Group of Experts for the study of microplastics in water intended for human consumption, in accordance with the Directive (EU) 2020/2184.

The constitution of this group has been recently formalized on behalf of the Italian Ministry of Health and includes, in the panel of experts, Dr. Raffaella Mossotti, a researcher at STIIMA-CNR Biella, who has been working for years in the field of microplastics of textile origin. In particular, this STIIMA-CNR research line was initially conceived to support companies dealing with the production and treatment of synthetic garments in the control of their production or transformation processes. Over time, this activity has been extended to the study of protocols to define a standard method of identification and quantification of microplastics, through thermal and spectroscopical analyses, and optical and electronic microscopies.

This approach was implemented by the most recent use of holographic microscopy (in collaboration with STIIMA-CNR Bari), which combines 3D image acquisition with the elaboration of artificial intelligence.

STIIMA-CNR research in the field of microplastics is confirmed as excellence at the national level.