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Voluntary Initiatives, Regulation, and Nanotechnology Oversight: Charting a Path

Daniel Fiorino, Director, Center for Environmental Policy, American University; J. Clarence (Terry) Davies, Senior Adviser, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, and Senior Fellow, Resources for the Future; David Rejeski, Director, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies

Date & Time

Nov. 4, 2010
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Voluntary Initiatives, Regulation, and Nanotechnology Oversight: Charting a Path

Due to technical difficulties, there will not be a live webcast for this event.

Download Dr. Fiorino's presentation slides here.

WASHINGTON – Over the past five years, the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies has been involved in the development of a number of voluntary initiatives, from the Nano Risk Framework pioneered by the Environmental Defense Fund and Dupont, to the voluntary reporting system for nanomaterials developed by the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Alongside other programs like the EPA's Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program and the Responsible Nano Code, enough voluntary initiatives for nanotechnology have been implemented so that they can be looked at in a comparative sense to strengthen future non-regulatory and regulatory approaches to nanotechnology oversight.

Join us on Thursday, November 4, 2010, at 12:30 p.m. for the release of Voluntary Initiatives, Regulation, and Nanotechnology Oversight: Charting a Path, a new PEN report by Dr. Daniel Fiorino followed by a commentary by J. Clarence (Terry) Davies. "This report is the most extensive analysis done to date of how voluntary programs can be applied to managing nanotechnology's possible environmental and health effects," said David Rejeski, Director of the project. "The report's analysis and recommendations extend beyond nanotechnology to the newer generation challenges that we face as science rapidly advances."

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