Several organizations are developing programs to make sure there is a check and balance procedure to insure safety in the nanotechnology field. One European organization consisting of members from seven European Union countries has formed an organization called NanoSafe2. The overall aim of NANOSAFE2 is to develop risk assessment programs and to establish ways to detect, track, and characterize nanoparticles. These methods will be useful in determining any possible risks to humans and the environment. NANOSAFE2 will develop technologies to cut down on exposure to nanoparticles and leaks to environment by designing safe production equipment.
There are other organizations and associations engaged in nanotech safety research. Some of these agencies include the National Science Foundation (NSF), the National Toxicology Program of the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Defense (DOD), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of Energy (DOE), and the National Institutes of Health, the National Institutes of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH).
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