The NanoEthicsBank is a database conceived as a resource for researchers, scholars, students, and the general public who are interested in the social and ethical implications of nanotechnology. Items in the database include normative documents, such as guidelines for safety in the workplace, and descriptive materials, such as analysis of the U.S. government's capacity for oversight and studies of the media coverage of nanotechnology.
The precursor to the Nanofactory Collaboration was informally initiated by Robert Freitas and Ralph Merkle in the Fall of 2000 during their time at Zyvex. Their continuing efforts, and those of others, have now grown into direct collaborations among 23 researchers or other participants (including 16 Ph.D's or Ph.D candidates) at 10 institutions in 4 countries (U.S., U.K., Russia, and Belgium), as of 2006.
An authoritative website that compiles data from multiple databases into a single resource, the Nanomaterial Registry (NR) provides tools for analyzing and comparing data on the biological and environmental implications of well-characterized nanomaterials.
The NanoRelease project will support the development of methods to understand the release of nanomaterials used in products. To do this the project will (1) examine full life cycles of nanomaterials in products, (2) work through specific release scenarios at key exposure points of the life cycle, (3) organize existing material characteristics data and measurement methods for those release scenarios, (4) develop a "state of the science" report for release measurement, and (5) carry out inter-laboratory testing to promote improvements, standardization, and widespread use of methods.
Twelve leading companies involved in the commercialization of carbon nanomaterials and products formed the NanoSafety Consortium for Carbon ("NCC") to address global legal, regulatory, environmental, health, and safety issues related to the responsible commercialization of their products.
The Nanotechnology Institute of ASME International is dedicated to furthering the art, science and practice of nanotechnology. The Institute is a clearinghouse for ASME (American Society of Mechanical Engineers) activities in nanotechnology and provides interdisciplinary programs and activities to bridge science, engineering, and applications.
The American Chemistry Council's Nanotechnology Panel is composed of companies engaged in the production, distribution, and/or use of chemicals with business interests in the products and applications of nanotechnology. The Panel is actively involved in advocating the use of information and the completion of research on nanomaterials that facilitate understanding and manage the health and environmental issues associated with nanoscale materials.