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February 21, 2008

NSET Releases Strategy for Nanotechnology-Related EHS Research

Lynn L. Bergeson

On February 14, 2008, the Nanoscale Science, Engineering, and Technology (NSET) Subcommittee of the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Technology released a final document entitled Strategy for Nanotechnology-Related Environmental, Health, and Safety Research, which describes the National Nanotechnology Initiative’s (NNI) strategy for addressing priority research on the environment, health, and safety (EHS) aspects of nanomaterials. The NNI EHS Strategy assigns priority to research and information needs identified by the NSET Subcommittee. NNI released an interim version of the EHS Strategy in August 2007, entitled Prioritization of Environmental, Health, and Safety Research Needs for Engineered Nanoscale Materials: An Interim Document for Public Comment. NNI incorporated public comments in preparing the final EHS Strategy. The Nanotechnology Environmental and Health Implications (NEHI) Working Group developed the EHS Strategy “to accelerate progress in research to protect public health and the environment, and to fill gaps in, and — with the growing level of effort worldwide — to avoid unnecessary duplication of, such research.”