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Posted: February 28, 2007
Nanotechnology risk framework by Environmental Defense and DuPont
(Nanowerk News) Environmental Defense and DuPont have been working together since October 2005 to develop ananotechnology risk framework for the responsible development, production, use and disposal of nanoscale materials. One of the main goals of developing this framework has been to do so in an open, transparent manner with other groups, companies and institutions who are also working to assess the potential risks and benefits of nanomaterials.
This agreement puts into action the words of Chad Holliday, DuPont Chairman and CEO, and Environmental Defense President Fred Krupp in the June 14, 2005 edition of the Wall Street Journal: "An early and open examination of the potential risks of a new product or technology is not just good common sense – it's good business strategy."
The two organizations now have released a draft framework to establish a process for ensuring the responsible development of nanoscale materials, which can then be widely used by companies and other organizations.
Any feedback on this draft should be sent by Friday, March 30th, 2007. Based upon the input received, the companies plan to enhance the framework and publish a final version this summer, along with examples of how it may be used for real products under development.