The code of conduct for responsible nanosciences and nanotechnologies research (code of conduct) is the Annex to the first nanotechnology-specific legal measure by the EU (2008), a Commission recommendation that is legally non-binding. The nanotechnologies code of conduct contains principles and guidelines for integrated, safe and responsible (ethical) nanoscience and nanotechnologies (N&N) research. The central control mechanisms are research prioritisation, technology assessment, ethical and fundamental law clauses/restrictions, defensibility checks and accountability. The EU Commission appeals to the Member States to comply with the voluntary guidelines and principles; encourages funding bodies to only fund research that complies with the code and to implement the code; encourages researchers to commit themselves to compliance with the code and civil society organisations to participate in N&N research. As yet, only a few implementation measures have been adopted. From a legal point of view, the code is controversial, and nevertheless it has an influence on the ongoing discussion on the topic of "responsible research and innovation" at EU level.


The dossiers summarise in an easily-understandable but scientifically sound manner in approximately three to six pages the current knowledge on the latest topics of the merging nanotechnology debate.

Download of the dossier (PDF, 250 KB) here 


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