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Mapping study on regulation and governance of nanotechnologies, by Framing Nano

The objective of this report is to provide a picture of recent developments regarding regulation and governance of NS&T in Europe and worldwide, to identify relevant NS&T stakeholder organisations and to make an assessment of this information to prepare the ground for the  following phases of the FramingNano project, i.e. the consultative process among stakeholders and the definition of a Governance Plan for the responsible development of NS&T.

The report (and the FramingNano project in general) focuses on regulation and governance aimed at both risks and concerns (perception of risks), with respect to EHS and ELSI issues, that have to be understood and “framed” or “guided”. Talking about risk assessment is instrumental in defining a regulatory framework. But benefits and opportunities, besides risks, will also be considered as a necessary element of the debate. In the end, governance must always take into account the tradeoff between these two opposing factors.

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Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Impacts | Technology Sector Evaluation: Energy by ObservatoryNano

The EHS analysis of the energy sector considers nanomaterials outlined within the context of their application and provides a summary of what is known in relation to potential exposure to the material in question. The analysis further outlines some key EHS considerations and basic guidance for those developing or using the technologies outlined within the report.

For all of those nanoparticles identified as having potential EHS impact, toxicological knowledge is still emerging, although based on what is known to date a reasonable approximation of potential hazard may be made. The key common knowledge gap across all nanoparticles however is the lack of exposure measurements for the scenarios and applications in question. As the ObservatoryNANO Project progresses, it is expected that these knowledge gaps will be addressed (at least in part) and thus that later EHS reports will be able to reach more resolute conclusions on the risks posed by those nanomaterials in consideration.

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Ethical and social issues in nanobiotechnologies

Nanobiotechnologies represent a rapidly growing field of interest. Several European conferences during the past year have highlighted the wideranging potential of applying techniques at the molecular and atomic levels to understand and transform biosystems, and of using biological principles and materials to create new devices at the nanoscale. This convergence of disciplines holds great promise in medicine for improved diagnostics, less invasive monitoring devices and more targeted therapies, and also has potential for agricultural and environmental applications. However, relatively little has been written about the ethical and social implications of this emerging research area. This article seeks to examine some of these questions, and is based on a report produced by the ethical, legal and social advisory (ELSA) board of the Nano2Life European Network of Excellence in Nanobiotechnology (Bruce, 2006).

Annual Report 4 on Ethical and Societal Aspects, ObservatoryNano WP4

This 4th annual ObservatoryNano report on Ethical and Societal Aspects of Nanotechnology report focuses on Communicating Nanoethics. The report aims to contribute to current EU policy making on Responsible Research and Innovation. A key aspect of this is two-way communication between citizens and EU institutions. As a resource for policy makers, this report offers insights and policy options resulting from analysis of different national public dialogue and engagement activities and their impact on public opinion and policy making.

Policy makers interested in reflecting on the choices they make can gain deeper understanding from a review of risk and science communication literature included in this report. As a case study of a dialogue instrument, the present report includes results of the testing of the ObservatoryNano Ethics Toolkit. This is an instrument for scientists engaging with the public about ethical and societal aspects of their research. This toolkit and other instruments could contribute to responsible (nano) research and innovation.

This report can be download here.

Engaging the Public in Nano: Key Concepts in Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology, NISE Network, 2011

It’s important for everyone to be informed about nanotechnology, because it will be a significant part of our future. Like all technologies, any given nanotechnology has costs, risks, and benefits. Since nanotechnologies are still developing, we can influence what they are and how they’re used. We all have a role in determining how these new technologies will play out in our future.

In this document you can find a guide on nanotechnologies, explaining key concepts in nanoscale science, engineering and technology. Take a look and download it here.

Planning Guide for Public Engagement and Outreach in Nanotechnology, OECD 2012

The guide is intended to assist policy makers, public engagement strategists and practitioners. The guide may also be of assistance to industry, industry bodies and others engaged in communicating about nanotechnology with the public. This guide comprises eight key points for consideration to assist when planning public engagement activities. It also contains a set of tables with questions to guide the policy maker through the process of developing a public engagement activity. The questions address topics including, for example, the type of activity, the nature of the participants, the purpose of the activity, resources required and monitoring and evaluation of the activity.

The future of nanotechnology: We need to talk

This report was published by the Nanologue project that supported dialogue on the social, ethical and legal implications of nanoscience and nanotechnologies. The document presents the main Nanologue findings, provides a very short introduction to some of the risks and opportunities presented by nanotechnology, explores three possible futures in the development of nanotechnology and discusses how dialogue can be used as part of a process to ensure that society maximises the benefits from nanotechnologies and minimises the risks.

Source: http://bit.ly/2cpNryl

 

OECD - Responsible Development of Nanotechnology

This report presents the findings of a survey on national or regional government policy and/or national and regional research programmes supporting the responsible development of nanotechnology. This document was downloaded from: www.oecd.org

NANO Supermarket

Go and shop at the NANO Supermarket at www.nanosupermarket.org! Find out more about nanotech products that may hit the shelves within the next ten years!

The Nano2All project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, under the Grant Agreement Number 685931.
This website reflects only the author's view and the Commission is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information it contains.

 

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