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July 27, 2007

European Commission Initiates Consultation on Responsible Research in Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies

Lynn L. Bergeson

On July 19, 2007, the European Commission (EC) issued a press release entitled “Commission launches consultation on responsible research in Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies.” The press release states: “The European Commission has today announced a public consultation on responsible nanosciences and nanotechnologies research.  The consultation will provide input for a Recommendation to the Member States on a possible Code of Conduct for this emerging area of science, which the Commission will put forward later this year.  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.”