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Scientists call for more nanotechnology testing

Posted in Acceptance testing by testing in London on November 18, 2008

From Associated Press

LONDON (AP) — Products made with nanotechnology — ranging from sunscreens to socks — are being sold to consumers without adequate scientific research or regulation, British scientists warned Wednesday.

Britain joins a host of other countries calling for more research into the safety of nanotechnology, which allows scientists to manipulate materials at the molecular level. Some fear that nanoparticles, which can often be smaller than viruses, could be unsafe for human consumption. More testing is required.

Britain’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has been pushing for better regulations on nanotechnology. There are currently no specific regulations for nanotechnologies in Europe.

Nanomaterials are covered by existing regulations on the use of chemical substances, but scientists say chemicals behave differently when reduced to their nano-level and the current regulations do not take these changes into account.

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