The UK Government's
response to the joint Royal Society and Royal Academy
of Engineering report -nanoscience and nanotechnologies:
opportunities and uncertainties was published on 25
February 2005. The academies welcome the Government's
positive response to the report.
The response recognises the importance of ensuring
nanotechnologies are appropriately regulated, however
no new funding for the essential research required to
underpin this regulation has been announced.
The Government has made an important commitment to
a public dialogue on nanotechnologies which will inform
both the direction of research and development and progress
on regulation. The academies have suggested that this
programme of dialogue be developed in consultation with
relevant stakeholders, including industry and non governmental
The academies will be scrutinising the detailed plans
that the Government will be publishing in Autumn 2005
on the research to underpin the development of regulation
and on public dialogue.
The Royal Society and Royal Academy of Engineering
issued a press release
on Friday 25 March in reaction to the Government's response.