A policy conference called, Nanotechnology: the Huge Challenge of Regulating Tiny Technologies that was hosted at the National Press Club in Washington recently, discussed the problems related to regulating nanotechnologies and it was attended by representatives from public, private and academic segments.
It addressed problems, worries and policies that could optimize advantages of nanotechnology and reduce risks, and stimulate research and development.
The technology could impact fields as diverse as healthcare and production. But government policies have not been able to keep abreast with development and its use in environmental or human health.
The conference was hosted by RTI International. Speakers included Michele Ostraat, senior director of the Center for Aerosol and Nanomaterials Engineering at RTI, Sally Tinkle, deputy director, National Nanotechnology Coordination Office, Jim Alwood, Toxic Substances Control Act Nanotechnology Coordinator at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Cole Matson, executive director at the Center for Environmental Implications of Nanotechnology at Duke University.