[WHO] WHO agree to regulate nanotechnology

WHO recently passed a resolution to encourage member states to regulate the development nanotechnology.

In this resolution, WHO encourage members states to set strict regulations on the development of nanotech, urge countries to inform it's citizens about the pros and cons of nanotech and most importanly, suggest the creation of a nanotech vault of information in UK. However, this resolution does not mention the controversial clause No.2, which deals with the punishment of companies that violate the regulations.

Full text of the resolution as follows:

The Committee,

 

Acknowledging the importance of the regulations of nanotechnology in tackling the issues regarding humans’ health and the environment,

Supporting the development of nanotechnology as a branch of science,

Being aware of the risks of nanotechnology if not addressed correctly,

Willing to cooperate to resolve the issues,

 

1.      Encourages States Member to set their own strict regulations on the developing of nanotechnology, including but not limited to:

a.       Create a standard for the nanotechnological products and a checking system to check every researches and projects related to nanotechnology whether they are safe and environmentally friendly enough to be applied,

b.      Regulations on building factories and research facilities:

           i.  Place factories and research facilities far away from the residential areas,

           ii.   Factories and research facilities must be filled with qualified and safe machines and equipment,

c.       Workers, scientist and experts who work on developing and researching nanotechnology must be:

            i. Qualified in the aspects of knowledge and skills,

            ii.  Equipped with safety gears in order to avoid all accidents and health damages cause by the exposure to nanoparticles,

d.      Companies have to label their products as nanotechnological if they are made thanks to nanotechnology,

 


 

 

2.      Encourages financial investment from developed countries on nanotechnology to developing countries that have potential to develop nanotechnology,

 

 

 

3.      Urges Member States to implement different methods to give citizens education about nanotechnology and its harms in order to develop it effectively and mitigate its disadvantages, including but not limited to:

a.       Televising educational programs about nanotechnology,

b.      Spreading posters and panels raising the awareness of nanotechnology,

c.       Use social network to raise the awareness,

d.      Encouraging celebrities to participate in raising knowledge about nanotechnology,

e.       Require local authorities to create campaigns which are suitable and efficient for that local region,

 

4.      Calls for scholarships for top students from Medical Universities and Engineering universities all over the nations with fully-funded scholarships with the nations’ resources, covering all required fees (education, living costs, textbooks, studying materials…),

 

5.      Confirms that resources will also be used in hiring experts from developed countries to the locations that gathers the aforementioned top students.

 

6. Establishes a vault of information regarding Nanotechnology (Vault of Information) to collect data, including, but not limited to:

    1. Nanoproducts’ status, by means such as, but not limited to:

      1. risks, in form of such as, but not limited to:

        1. data statistics;

        2. research reports; and

        3. academic studies;

      2. test results;

      3. approved standards from all standards institutions on the globe; and

      4. approvals or restrictions in each nations;

    2. Strategies and Policies of each nations regarding developing and regulating Nanotechnology;

7. Requests every nation, academic and research center, private agency and standards institutions send their relevant papers (which have been listed, but not limited to the previous clause),  to the Vault of Information to contribute it;

8. Allows public accesses to the Vault of Information to advance global understanding and developing of Nanotechnology.

 

 

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