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Survey on Nanotechnology Risk Governance Vol. B: The role of industry


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TitleSurvey on Nanotechnology Risk Governance Vol. B: The role of industry
Publication TypeReport
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsRoco, Michail C., and Litten Emily
Corporate AuthorsInternational Risk Governance Council Working Group on Nanotechnology
Pagination64 p.
Date PublishedApril, 2006
PublisherInternational Risk Governance Council Working Group on Nanotechnology
Place PublishedGeneva
TypeWorking Paper
Publication Languageeng
Abstract

Results of a survey on the role of industry in nanotechnology risk governance conducted from September to November 2005 by the International Risk Governance Council. Eleven participants of 112 responded to the survey. Survey results show that surveyed industries were aware of the possible negative effects on inadequate risk governance could have on the development and commercialization of nanotechnology, and that many respondents were focusing on the research for environment, health and safety, with a particular emphasis on developing guidelines for workplace health and safety. No mention was made of specific programs to investigate the ethical or social implications of nanotechnologies, but some members of the industry were taking part in collaborative efforts and discussions on these issues. No national or international standards or best practices were mentioned, and any structures set in place were voluntary. Survey respondents differed in opinion if specific risk governance practices should be put in place within individual companies before industry wide measures are identified. Some participants are waiting while others are already putting precautionary measures in place. Respondents also recognized the need to ensure responsible development through collaboration between governments, academia, and industry, and that any changes in legislation should be designed to restrict irresponsible behavior rather then innovation and that there should not be a long period of regulatory uncertainty. Includes risk governance recommendations and full survey responses.

URLhttp://www.nsf.gov/crssprgm/nano/reports/wgn06-0401_survey_nanotech_governance.pdf