Integration of operational standards

One must ask whether standards for research and development should be integrated with consumer, worker, and environmental standards or not. Such a move may slow R&D, but with the unique concerns associated with nanotechnology there is reason to consider this option. If nations or international bodies move in this direction, it will be necessary to identify the forces that prevent effective integration and work to overcome them. Furthermore, overcoming existing power, hierarchy, and domination in the standards/regulation development process is important to attain publicly acceptable results. One way to address this is by developing ways for NGOs and other citizen groups to play a meaningful role.

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