•    Coordinating the response to and the implementation of specific recommendations by the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and other advisory bodies.

•    Communicating and interacting with federal and nonfederal stakeholders, including communication via the NNI website.

The goals of the individual agencies determine the level of involvement of their NSET Subcommittee representatives in NNI roles, responsibilities, and activities.

The NSET Subcommittee has formed four working groups (see Figure 1.1): Global Issues in Nanotechnology (GIN); Nanotechnology Environmental and Health Implications (NEHI); Nanomanufacturing, Industry Liaison, and Innovation (NILI); and Nanotechnology Public Engagement and Communications (NPEC).14 The working groups have goals that are in synergy with the four main goals of the NNI as described in Box S.2.

The GIN working group goals are these:

Monitoring foreign nanotechnology programs and development; broadening international cooperation and communications regarding nanotechnology research and development (R&D) including activities related to safeguarding environmental and human health; and promoting the United States’ commercial and trade interests in nanotechnology in the global marketplace. The GIN working group will seek to identify areas for international cooperation and anticipate and address areas of potential international concern in order to facilitate the responsible and beneficial development of nanotechnology.15

The NEHI working group has goals of protecting public health and the environment. It promotes communication of EHS information and provides information exchange among agencies regarding nanotechnology research, regulation, and guidelines related to nanomaterials and products containing nanomaterials. NEHI supports development of tools and methods to identify, set priorities among, and manage strategies to enable risk analysis and regulatory decision making for nanomaterials and products incorporating nanomaterials. It also supports development of consensus-based nanotechnology standards, including nomenclature and terminology, by working with international organizations and governments and shares its findings and EHS best practices with international organizations. NEHI takes responsibility for managing, coordinating, reviewing, and revising the interagency EHS research strategy.16

NILI’s stated goals are to develop interactions with U.S. industry and state


14 National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI), “Working Groups,” available at http://www.nano.gov/about-nni/working-groups, accessed September 25, 2012.

15 NNI, “Global Issues in Nanotechnology (GIN),” available at http://www.nano.gov/gin, accessed September 25, 2012.

16 NNI, “Nanotechnology Environmental and Health Implications (NEHI),” available at http://www.nano.gov/nehi, accessed September 25, 2012.

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