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Posted: July 19, 2007
Europe plans a code of conduct for responsible nanotechnology research
(Nanowerk News) In order to promote safe and responsible nanotechnology research and pave the way to its safe and responsible application and use, the European Commission is planning to adopt a voluntary Code of Conduct for Responsible Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies Research ("the Code of Conduct").
This Code of Conduct would take the form of a European Commission Recommendation and would invite the Member States, industry, universities, funding organisations, researchers and other interested parties to follow its principles. The Commission itself would follow these principles in its own action under the Community research policy.
This consultation aims to provide input to the drafting of the Code of Conduct. Contributions are expected from a broad cross-section of European society, including the scientific community, industry, civil society, policy-makers, media and the general public.
The consultation process will be open from today, Thursday July 19, 2007, up to September 21, 2007.
For more information and to participate in the consultation read the consultation paper (pdf download, 42 KB).