– In February 2008, the European Commission released a recommendation on a code of conduct for responsible nanosciences and nanotechnologies research. It is based on seven principles : meaning (activities should be broadly comprehensible); sustainability; precaution; inclusiveness (with regard to stakeholders); excellence; innovation; and accountability (with regard to social and other impacts).*
– The 7th Framework Programme (FP7) of the European Community (which runs from 2007 till 2013) includes a theme entitled “Nanosciences, nanotechnologies, materials & new production technologies” (“NMP”).**
– Additionally, two European Community technology platforms*** are already set up in the field of nanotechnology :
–> European Technology Platform-Nanomedicine (ETP-Nanomedicine)
* The European Commission website includes a dedicated nanotechnology page.
** More information about nanotechnology projects in former Framework Programs is available from this page.
*** The full list of European Technology Platforms (ETPs) can be found here.