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July 23, 2009

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Website to help develop safe nanotechnologies strategy

The Government is inviting industry and interested groups to contribute to the shaping of a UK strategy for nanotechnologies.

A new website has been set up to gather views on core issues, including research, regulation, innovation and commercialisation, and measurement and standards.

Science and innovation minister, Lord Drayson, said: “The Government has made clear the need for responsible development of nanotechnologies. This new website will let everyone be involved in developing a new UK strategy by February next year. This will address the exploitation of technologies and management of potential risks.”

DWP minister Lord McKenzie added: “HSE will continue to work with Government partners to ensure that the health and safety risks to employees in the nanotechnologies industry are properly controlled.”

The website is at www.interactive.bis.gov.uk/nano and will be available for contributions until 31 October.

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