Nanotechnology

Nanotechnology is an important and rapidly growing field of scientific and practical innovation that will fundamentally transform our understanding of how materials and devices interact with human and natural environments. These transformations may offer great benefits to society, such as improvements in medical diagnostics and treatments, water and waste treatment systems, and many others. However, the social, economic, political and ethical implications, as well as the risks, are also significant. Nanotechnology raises issues that are complex and far-reaching. The field poses significant challenges to risk assessment and governance.

Nanotechnology Risk Governance

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In 2005-2006, IRGC worked with partners to create a framework for how to segment and think about nanotechnology. The science was relatively new and while opportunities looked promising, the discussion about risks needed clarification. Using the IRGC’s risk governance framework as a conceptual starting point and with the contribution of experts at two technical workshops, the project team developed a framework for the governance of nanotechnology.
Nanotechnology Risk Governance

 

Nanotechnology in Food and Cosmetics

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In 2007-2008 IRGC focused specifically on nanotechnology applications in food and cosmetics, which had become a cause of concern for consumers and the public.
Nanotechnology in Food and Cosmetics