Date: Wednesday, 5 December 2007, 10.30-17:00
Venue: European Commission
Marsveldstraat 21 rue du Champ de Mars
Rooms SDR 1-2 (floor -1)
This debate will allow participants to be informed about, and discuss, two proposed Codes of Conduct
concerning nanotechnology research and commercialisation.
The European Commission will give information on the results of a public consultation on Responsible
Research in Nanosciences and Nanotechnologies.
Another initiative being presented, The Responsible Nano Code, has been developed for businesses
involved in the manufacturing, use and retail of nano-enabled products, by a multi-stakeholder group of
international businesses, academics and NGOs run from the UK.
The workshop will also include the experience of the Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies at the
Woodrow Wilson Centre in Washington, DC, which has provided a US forum for discussion of the
Responsible Nano Code; and the views of a coalition of international NGOs encapsulated in the Principles
for the Oversight of Nanotechnologies.
This programme will also draw upon the practical experience of BASF after three years of working with its
own internal Code and the appropriateness of such codes for small and medium sized enterprises outlined
by ENTA. International lawyers Mayer Brown will explore the legal aspects of introducing Codes of Conduct.
The event aims to bring together businesses, academics and NGOs involved with nanotechnologies and is
designed to allow significant time for discussion and debate.
Up to 80 places are available for this workshop. Interested participants are kindly requested to contact Dr
Nicholas Deliyanakis (EC) by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible. Confirmation
will be given on a first-come-first-served principle, taking into consideration the representation of various
categories of stakeholder.
EC consultation paper: http://ec.europa.eu/research/consultations/pdf/nano-consultation_en.pdf
(consultation closed on 21 September 2007)
The Responsible Nano Code: http://www.responsiblenanocode.org