Scope of the French public nanotech debate


According to the official document signed in late February 2009 (see also corresponding press release), the French public nanotech debate forecasted for next autumn will be focused on general orientations of development and regulation of nanotechnologies. The debate will be based on a benefit/risk analysis (especially health and environmental benefits and risks) of the various nanotech applications and aims at shedding light on the orientation of the French government action in the following fields :

– modalities of support to nanotech research and innovation

– characterization of exposure and assessment of  toxicity for humans and ecosystems, including the elaboration of systems of reference and tools for nanoparticle detection

– information and protection of workers at workplace

– organisation of control and monitoring, governance.

The document also mentions that given the global stakes of nanotech research and innovation in the field of manufactured nanomaterials and nanosystems, important coverage will be given to international and European aspects of these issues.

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