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Report Title: Government Response to the Lord’s Science & Technology Select Committee Report into Nanotechnologies and Food
Report ID: 469
Date: 3/1/2010
Report Type: Government Response
URL: [govresponsenandf.pdf]
Country: United Kingdom
Organization: HM Government (UK)
Summary: After the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee published its report on Nanotechnologies and Food in January 2010, the UK Government released this response, which addresses all thirty-two of the Committee's suggestions. Many suggestions were accepted and for some, the Government clarified that it was already taking steps in that direction. Regarding the Committee's call for more proactive funding by the Research Councils, the Government pointed out that the Councils are currently evaluating their "nanoscience portfolio" and a report will be published in early 2010. The Government is also addressing the knowledge gaps through the recent commissioning of two projects, both started in early 2010, which will investigate oral nanoparticle toxicology. However, the Government claims that a mandatory database for nanomaterial research would be difficult to enforce and could deter research in the UK. The Government does support a public register of foods containing materials.
Archived Copy: govresponsenandf_469_4041.pdf



Report Title: UK Government Response to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution (RCEP) Report "Novel Materials in the Environment: The Case Of Nanotechnology"
Report ID: 200
Date: 6/1/2009
Author: HM Government (UK)
Report Type: Government Response
URL: [7620.pdf]
Country: United Kingdom
Organization: HM Government (UK)
Summary: This document contains the UK government's response to the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollutions report, "Novel Materials in the Environment: The Case Of Nanotechnology." The government is in agreement with the Commission that more effort is required to ensure responsible nanotechnology development, and intends to develop a UK strategy to build on existing activities and set a strategic direction. This response is organized into five themes, which reflect the government's priorities: Government coordination on nanotechnology, protecting human health and the environment, building the evidence base, delivering more effective regulation, and widening public engagement and capturing the benefits. While the government largely agrees with the Commission's recommendations in these areas, there are points of disagreement. The Commission's report suggested that companies should be obligated to report reasonable suspicions of risky nanomaterials at the earliest opportunity, and be conferred immunity from criminal liability for doing so. However, the government believes that prosecutorial decisions should be left to the enforcing authorities, as is presently done under existing UK laws, which do not confer immunity but only allow for "due diligence" as a potential defense.
Archived Copy: 7620_200_5556.pdf



 
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