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Public Health: Public consultation SCENIHR Opinion on How to Assess the Potential Risks of Nanotechnologies (closed 16 December 2005)
Nanotechnologies are expected to make a major contribution to improving the quality of the life of European citizens, in particular in sectors such as material sciences, health care, information technology, and the environment. In view of their growing importance, the Commissions strategy for nanotechnologies, which was endorsed in the Conclusions of the Council of the European Union of 24 September 2004, and the Commission's action plan "Nanosciences and nanotechnologies: An action plan for Europe 2005-2009" recognized the need for a safe, integrated and responsible approach to the development of nanotechnologies.

Nanotechnologies involve the controlled production of new materials, structures, and devices of a size which is typically eighty thousand times smaller then the diameter of a human hair. The nanoscale confers new, interesting technological properties which may however have potential implications for safety and therefore need to be assessed in advance.

In response to a request from the Commission, the independent experts of the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks (SCENIHR) recently adopted an opinion on "the appropriateness of existing methodologies to assess the potential risks associated with engineered and adventitious products of nanotechnologies.".

The Commission, in consultation with the Committee, invites interested stakeholders to submit their views on the opinion by Friday, 16 December 2005 via this website.

Following the consultation, the SCENIHR and Commission services will carefully examine all the comments, in order to further refine approaches to risk assessment of the products of nanotechnologies. The outcome of the consultation will be published on this page.

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sun Jun 18th, 2006 at 03:04:58 AM EST
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