Situation in France: Ethical Reflection on Research in Nanoscience and Nanotechnology

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Abstract

By the end of the 1990s, the possible impacts of nanotechnologies on humans and the environment had already come under the spotlight. Owing to the tremendous promise of the development programmes for these technologies, it seemed important to reflect upon a responsible way of implementing them. Even in 1989, as part of the MIT course on Law, Technology and Public Policy, David Forrest spoke in particular on the subject of regulating nanotechnology development, and in February 1999 a seminar was organised in California to devise guidelines on how to control the new risks associated with these recent technological possibilities [1].