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This brochure by the European Commission includes the recommendation to the Member States on a code of conduct for responsible nanosciences and nanotechnologies research. The recommendation was adopted in response to a public consultation held in 2007. The brochure also includes the Council Conclusions that followed the recommendation on 26 September 2008.

Nanosciences and nanotechnologies (N&N) have crystallised in recent years the attention of policymakers and civil society organisations because they are illustrative of societal controversies that science may generate from time to time. Indeed they carry lots of hope regarding potential benefits for human health, the environment and quality of life but at the same time they generate
worries about risks to health and the environment, as well as for ethics and the respect of fundamental rights.

Download the brochure: Commission recommendation on A code of conduct for responsible nanosciences and nanotechnologies research & Council conclusions on Responsible nanosciences and nanotechnologies research (pdf file on, last accessed on 18 Dec 2013)