I joined an international colloquium on the topic organized by the university of Brussels.(ULB)
4 April 2011
On the menue Philippe Busquin, former Research commissioner of the European Commission and Goran Hermeren, president of the European Group of Ethics (2002-2011), among other.
there is significant agreement that
Huge knowledge gaps concerning risks of nano particles
Not sufficient knowledge on which risk identification methodologies to develop
My main point: we need procedures in place to assess the quality of knowledge available to policy makers to agree on reasonable decisions in terms of risk management, but also on assessing the hype( although fading at the moment) around promising tech and thereby counting on availability of enormous research funds