Dr Steffi Friedrichs, Director of the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA), comments on the Government’s second research report on manufactured nanomaterials:
"Research into the impact of manufactured nanoparticles on environmental and human health needs to be harmonised on a global level. Like DEFRA, the NIA has representation within the OECD. In this role the NIA is currently negotiating a public-private partnership that will particularly focus on aligning necessary novel research with already existing knowledge about the environmental, health and safety aspects of manufactured nanoparticles.
“The NIA has been instrumental in creating the Responsible NanoCode, a voluntary code of conduct which, amongst giving other guidance, guarantees the safe handling, use and responsible commercialisation of manufactured nanomaterials, and products containing manufactured nanomaterials, by those that adopt the code. All of the NIA’s member companies can guarantee the safety of their products, and the Responsible NanoCode will extend this guarantee to trade partners up and down the supply chain”.
The ‘Responsible Nano Code’ has been drafted by a working group established by the Royal Society, Insight Investment, the Nanotechnology Industries Association and the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network.
The aim is to establish an international consensus on what constitutes good practice and to provide guidance on what organisations and businesses can do to demonstrate they are responsibly managing them while the need for further regulation is being evaluated. It is hoped that the voluntary code will contribute to ensuring nanotechnologies achieve their full potential in delivering health, environmental, social and economic benefits at a time when businesses are dealing with technical, social, regulatory and commercial uncertainties concerning these relatively new technologies.
Follow this link to read more about the Responsible Nano-Code.