4th annual nanotechnology Safety for Success Dialogue Workshop, 29-30 March 2011

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“4th Nano Safety for Success Dialogue: Assessing the science and issues at the science/regulation interface”

Tuesday, 29 and Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Centre Albert Borchette (CCAB), Room 0/A, 36, Rue Froissart, 1040 Brussels, Belgium

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Many market modelers identify nanotechnologies as drivers of economic growth. Consequently, most governments in the industrialized and industrializing world adopted ambitious strategic, research and innovation, plans to ensure the commercial success of nanotechnologies and to harvest their fruits.

Nanoscience and the nanotechnologies are progressing at a rapid pace. The number of potential and real applications is increasing rapidly, even when accounting for those claims relating to marketing rather than added-value.

Like other artifacts designed, engineered, and used by humans, nanomaterials promise benefits and raise concerns, in particular for workers, the general public, and the environment.

The international community has organized itself to address the potential safety aspects of nanomaterials, in particular under the auspices of the OECD Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials, and with the support of national and European scientific advisory bodies like the Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks of the European Commission. Moreover, a number of regulatory developments have taken place, while the science was also advancing. The European Commission is therefore convening this international conference

  • to take stock of the fast advancing science needed for appropriate and effective policies; and
  • to analyze how these advances allow progress with respect to intelligence gathering, risk assessment, risk management, and safe design as outlined in the program below.

Registration is now closed.


While this year's conference does not include an exhibition area due to space limitation, one table will be provided for interested participants to make informational material and/or sign up sheets for such material available. If interested, please contact the meeting organisator via