03/05/2008

Code of Conduct for Responsible Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies Research

With a view to promoting a responsible development and use of nanosciences, the
European Commission is recommending to the Member States to adopt a Code of
Conduct to govern research in this field. Based around 7 general principles
covering issues such as sustainability, precaution, inclusiveness and
accountability, the Code of Conduct invites Member States to take concrete
action, involving universities, research institutes and companies, for the safe
development and use of nanotechnologies.

The 7 principles are:

Meaning: nanosciences and nanotechnologies (N&N) research activities should be
comprehensible to the public. They should respect fundamental rights and be
conducted in the interest of the well-being of individuals and society in their
design, implementation, dissemination and use.

Sustainability: N&N research activities should be safe, ethical and contribute
to sustainable development. They should not harm or threaten people, animals,
plants or the environment, at present or in the future.

Precaution: N&N research activities should be conducted in accordance with the
precautionary principle, anticipating potential environmental, health and
safety impacts of N&N outcomes and taking due precautions, proportional to the
level of protection, while encouraging progress for the benefit of society and
the environment.

Inclusiveness: Governance of N&N research activities should be guided by the
principles of openness to all stakeholders, transparency and respect for the
legitimate right of access to information. It should allow the participation in
decision-making processes of all stakeholders involved in or concerned by N&N
research activities.

Excellence: N&N research activities should meet the best scientific standards,
including integrity of research and good laboratory practices.

Innovation: Governance of N&N research activities should encourage maximum
creativity, flexibility and planning ability for innovation and growth.

Accountability: Researchers and research organisations should remain
accountable for the social, environmental and human health impacts of their
work.

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