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February 2nd, 2010

Nanotechnology Safety Regulations Still Lacking

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Nanotechnology is one of the fastest growing fields of research today, with numerous research groups and thousands of scientists working on it every day. But no country has developed any comprehensive set of regulations aimed at keeping researchers safe from the hazards related to these investigations to date. Therefore, this task is left to individual research institutions and universities, which are apparently also unable to produce such guidelines.

A new survey, conducted on experts working with nanotechnology, determined that most of the participants had no idea if the organization they were working for had such regulations in place, Chemistry World reveals. The study was conducted on 240 scientists, who were asked whether their place of work had official safety standards for employing nanomaterials. Of the respondents, 27 percent were unsure, while 50 percent said that such guidelines were inexistent. Researchers at the University of Zaragoza Nanoscience Institute of Aragon, in Spain, were in charge of the research.

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