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Nanotechnology, Proceedings of the Workshop: Research Needs on Nanoparticles

Funded under: FP6-NMP


With its recent Communication Towards a European Strategy for Nanotechnology, the European Commission elaborated an "integrated and responsible" approach for the development of nanotechnology. Central to this approach is that nanotechnology should not generate damage or negative externalities besides its benefits.
In its Communication, the Commission confirms that a moratorium on nanotechnology research ... would be severely counter-productive¿denying society the possible benefits. In any case, we must pay careful attention since nanotechnology is evolving very rapidly. Possible drawbacks, hazards and risks should be duly studied, so to avoid or neutralize them. In particular, we need research on the (eco)toxicology of the nanoparticles.
But are we carrying out the "right research"? Are the results obtained fully meaningful? Are they comparable? Is the methodology correct? Can we avoid redundant research and benefit from synergies? In order to provide advice to the Commission in replying to this and to other related questions, to analyse data and to examine options concerning the research on nanoparticles, this Workshop was organised.

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