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November 30, 2011

ObservatoryNANO Posts Report on Nanotechnology EHS Landscape

Lynn L. Bergeson

ObservatoryNANO posted on November 24, 2011, a report on the nanotechnology environment, health, and safety (EHS) landscape. ObservatoryNANO, which is funded by the European Commission, intends to support European policy makers by providing scientific and economic analysis of nanoscience and nanotechnology developments. ObservatoryNANO notes that activity concerned with the EHS aspects of nanotechnologies has been growing for a decade.  ObservatoryNANO states that the aim of the EHS landscaping report is to provide a map and overview of key organizations and their activities within the field worldwide in relation to nano-EHS.  ObservatoryNANO intends the landscaping document to support communication of efforts, outlining those key initiatives, activities, and projects within the field.  According to ObservatoryNANO, because of the challenge of keeping track of the rapidly changing field, the landscaping document provides only a snapshot of efforts ongoing within 2011, and will change with time.

ObservatoryNANO identified and grouped key organizations and projects into seven major areas:

  • Research;
  • Knowledge Transfer and Review;
  • Standardization;
  • Guidance;
  • Regulation;
  • Public Engagement; and
  • Professional Bodies.

The landscaping document provides a short overview of the organizations working within each area, together with links and references to further information.