White House requests public comments on draft strategy for nanotechnology EHS research

(Nanowerk News) The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council request comments from the public regarding the draft National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI) Strategy for Nanotechnology-Related Environmental, Health, and Safety Research.
Starting Monday, December 6, public comment is being invited on the draft NNI EHS research strategy. The draft NNI EHS research strategy includes a scientific framework that incorporates the research needed to assess the environmental, health and safety of nanomaterials. It describes the NNI EHS research investment by research need, the state of the science, and an analysis of the gaps and barriers to achieving that research as part of the NNI's adaptive management process. It updates and replaces the NNI EHS Strategy of February 2008.
The strategy aims to ensure the responsible development of nanotechnology by providing guidance to the Federal agencies that produce the scientific information for risk management, regulatory decision-making, product use, research planning, and public outreach. The core research areas providing this critical information are measurement, human exposure assessment, human health, and the environment, in order to inform risk assessment and risk management.
In order to prepare your response, please view this PDF version of the Draft 2011 NNI EHS Research Strategy (link available December 6, 2010 – January 6, 2011). You are invited to post your comments (you must be logged in) on the portal. Comments of approximately one page or less in length (4,000 characters) are requested.
This request will be active from December 6, 2010, to January 6, 2011.
Source: White House Office of Science and Technology Policy