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Review of the Federal Strategy for Nanotechnology-Related Environmental, Health, and Safety Research
A robust national strategic plan is needed for nanotechnology-relatedenvironmental, health, and safety research that builds on the fivecategories of research needs identified in the 2008 NNI document. Thedevelopment of the plan should include input from a broad set ofstakeholders across the research community and other interested parties in government, nongovernment, and industrial groups. The strategy should focus on research to support risk assessment and management, should include value-of-information considerations, andshould identify
Specific research needs for the future in such topics as potential exposures to engineered nanomaterials, toxicity, toxicokinetics, environmental fate, and standardization of testing.
The current state of knowledge in each specific area.
The gap between the knowledge at hand and the knowledgeneeded.
Research priorities for understanding life-cycle risks to humans and the environment.
The estimated resources that would be needed to address thegap over a specified time frame.
As part of a broader strategic plan, NNI should continue to foster thesuccessful interagency coordination effort that led to its 2008 document with the aim of ensuring that the federal plan is an integral partof the broader national strategic plan for investments in nanotechnology-related environmental, health, and safety research. In doing so, itwill need a more robust gap analysis. The federal plan should identifymilestones and mechanisms to ascertain progress and identify investment strategies for each agency. Such a federal plan could feed into anational strategic plan but would not itself be a broad, multistakeholder national strategic plan. Development of a national strategicplan should begin immediately and not await further refinement ofthe current federal strategy.