An Empirical Examination of the Current State of Publically Available Nanotechnology Guidance Materials

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Abstract

As part of “Nanodiagnostics and Nanotherapeutics: Building Research Ethics and Oversight,” an empirical search was conducted to identify publicly available resources that guided understanding about human subjects issues in nanomedicine or nanotechnology including policy statements, guidance documents, or consent forms. The authors conducted 5,083 internet searches and analyzed 175 documents. Results show that very little guidance is publicly available and most documents focused on occupational and environmental concerns.

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