Journal of Nanoparticle Research

, Volume 9, Issue 6, pp 1217–1220 | Cite as

A response to ‘Nanotechnology and the need for risk governance’, O. Renn & M.C. Roco, 2006. J. Nanoparticle Research 8(2): 153–191

  • W. E. Bijker
  • I. D. de Beaufort
  • A. van den Berg
  • P. J. A. Borm
  • W. J. G. Oyen
  • G. T. Robillard
  • H. F. G. van DijkEmail author
Brief Communication

In the April 2006 issue of the Journal of Nanoparticle Research, Renn and Roco wrote a thorough analysis of the future of nanotechnology and the concomitant process of risk governance (Renn and Roco 2006a). Their view was based on the first white paper on risk governance of the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC) (Renn 2005) and also published as the second IRGC white paper (Renn and Roco 2006b). Approximately at the same time, the Health Council of the Netherlands published an advisory report on the health significance of nanotechnologies based on our work in an ad hoc committee (Health Council of the Netherlands 2006). In the final chapter of this report, we argued in favour of the establishment of sound procedures for democratic, scientifically informed, control and decision-making and independently proposed that the risk governance framework of the IRGC (Renn 2005) may serve this purpose. In this letter, we draw a comparison between the results of both efforts to use the...


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Authors and Affiliations

  • W. E. Bijker
    • 1
  • I. D. de Beaufort
    • 2
  • A. van den Berg
    • 3
  • P. J. A. Borm
    • 4
    • 5
  • W. J. G. Oyen
    • 6
  • G. T. Robillard
    • 7
  • H. F. G. van Dijk
    • 8
    Email author
  1. 1.Faculty of Arts and CultureUniversity MaastrichtMaastrichtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Medical EthicsErasmus Medical Center RotterdamRotterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.MESA+Institute, BIOS the Lab-on-a-chip GroupUniversity of TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Center of Expertise in Life SciencesHogeschool ZuydHeerlenThe Netherlands
  5. 5.Institut für Umweltmedizinische ForschungHeinrich-Heine UniversityDusseldorfGermany
  6. 6.Department of Nuclear MedicineRadboud University Nijmegen Medical CentreNijmegenThe Netherlands
  7. 7.BioMaDe TechnologyGroningenThe Netherlands
  8. 8.Health Council of the NetherlandsThe HagueThe Netherlands

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