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OECD Business Advisory Committee publishes Nanotech Vision Paper

The Business and Industry Advisory Committee (BIAC) for the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released its 2013 vision paper on nanotechnology. In it BIAC also reiterated its aim for 'OECD business[es] [to] continue to promote the responsible development of nanotechnology'. Entitled Responsible Development of Nanotechnology: Turning Vision into Reality, the paper suggests 'present and future roles for BIAC and the OECD' as well as challenges and opportunities for the field.

The Committee 'calls upon the OECD to address' particular issues in its future work. These include:

  • 'Continued high support and attention for the OECD Sponsorship Programme for the Testing of Manufactured Nanomaterials'
  • 'Additional work on the benefits of nanotechnology'
  • 'Development of globally harmonised hazard and risk assessment procedures for manufactured nanomaterials'
  • Closer ties with other OECD Working Parties and international organisations working on nanotechnology
  • Occupational health and safety issues
  • 'Foster outreach activities and close cooperation with non-member countries with a view to sharing results, fostering capacity building and avoiding duplication of efforts'

Challenges it feels that nanotechnology in general will need to address in the near- and long-term are:

  • Environmental Health and Safety issues
  • Human resources
  • Intellectual IP
  • Marketing and Consumer Issues
  • Measurement


Follow this link to read BIAC's vision paper on nanotechnology.

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