OECD Policy Roundtable on Risk Governance Policy for Nanotechnology


The OECD Policy Rountable on Risk Governance Policy for Nanotechnology, took place on 25 September 2009 in Vienna, Austria.  It was hosted by the Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology.  See Agenda and Presentations.


The Roundtable aimed to:

  • Addressed issues of risk governance policy for nanotechnology in a timely manner, informing and guiding the activities of the Working Party on Nanotechnology in this important area;
  • Enabled exchange of good practice in risk governance policy for nanotechnology and discussion between experts and delegates; and
  • Provided information on and insights into the development of risk governance policy for nanotechnology, which can be disseminated within the policy community.

Participants included members of the OECD Working Party on Nanotechnology, external experts as well as selected representatives from various Austrian ministries.

This one day Roundtable started with a Plenary session and continued with a breakout session dividing the audience in three groups of discussion. The day ended with a synthesis session which will brought together findings from the parallel discussion groups and conclude roundtable.

Three main issues associated with risk governance policy for nanotechnology were discussed:

  • The path from risk assessment to risk management decision making.
  • Participatory models and the potential benefits of the involvement of a range of stakeholders in policy development for risk governance.
  • Voluntary measures by industry (and how they might arise in a policy context).


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