New European trade association will address societal concerns in nanotech R&D

April 4, 2005

Brussels, 01 Apr 2005

The Institute of Nanotechnology has announced plans to establish the European Nanotechnology Trade Association (ENTA), designed to represent the industry's interests in Europe.

Part of ENTA's brief, according to the Institute, will be to interact with the public and watchdog organisations to ensure that new nanotechnologies are developed 'in a safe and responsible manner'. The organisation will also seek to bridge gaps between the industry, policy makers and researchers.

'ENTA will work closely with the media and government bodies to express industry's views and needs (on legislation, standards, standard operating procedures), and build strong relationships with NGOs and the public so as to ensure full community engagement,' reads a statement.

A number of strategic goals have already been set out for ENTA. These include:
- providing favourable conditions for increased investment and coordination of research and development (R&D);
- developing world-class competitive infrastructure ('poles of excellence') that take into account the needs of both industry and research organisations;
- promoting the interdisciplinary education and training of research personnel, with a strong entrepreneurial mindset;
- respecting ethical principles, integrating societal considerations into the R&D process at an early stage and encouraging a dialogue with citizens.

ENTA will not be officially launched until June, but it is already in touch with Europe's leading nanotechnology organisations to shape future strategy, and has been backed by companies including Procter and Gamble and BP International. Membership of ENTA is open to all businesses for whom nanotechnology has or may have an impact.

For further information, please contact:
Del Stark
European Nanotechnology Trade Association
E-mail: del@nano.org.uk

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