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European activities in the field of ethical, legal and social aspects (ELSA) and governance of nanotechnology

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Abstract

The societal dimension of nanotechnology research forms an integral part of the integrative, responsible and safe approach followed by the European Commission, as being laid out in the European Strategy for nanotechnology (2004), developed further in the Action Plan on nanotechnology (2005) and followed up by the first Implementation Report on the Action Plan (2007).1 In these Commission Communications it is stated clearly that nanotechnology must be developed in a responsible way, within an open debate that involves the public and that enables interested people to reach their own informed and independent judgements. A milestone to this respect is the code of conduct on research in nanotechnology (2008) which specifies voluntary rules for European scientists and researchers active in nanotechnology.

This publication summarises European activities in the field of ethical, legal and social aspects (ELSA) and governance of nanotechnology. This political and societal dimension of nanotechnology research is gaining importance the more nanotechnology enters the public focus, e.g. by successful product development or new research results on potential risks. ELSA of nanotechnology offer important insights to the interested public by helping to identify expectations and concerns and at the same time they are important for policy makers for responding to these needs in terms of good governance of research, including risk governance.

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Record Number: 9569 / Last updated on: 2008-12-03
Category: MISC