Russia and Finland Collaborate on Model for Regulating Nanotechnology
February 16, 2010
MOSCOW, Russia - RUSNANO Deputy CEO Andrey Malyshev and Reijo Munther, Director, Materials Technology, of Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, signed a memorandum on standardization and regulation in nanotechnology at a recent Russian-Finnish roundtable.
Russia and Finland have held roundtable discussions since December 2008 under an international agreement for collaboration in the nanotechnology sphere. This meeting was a continuation of that work. Representatives from RUSNANO, the Russian Research Institute of Metrological Service, and the All-Russian Research Institute for Standardization and Certification in Mechanical Engineering contributed to the discussion on behalf of Russia. Specialists from MIKES, the Centre for Metrology and Accreditation, Tekes, and Spinverse contributed to discussion from the Finnish side.
Participants examined problems regulating nanotechnology and approaches to developing coordinated positions for presentation to European standardization and safety agencies. The standards would be applicable to joint Russian-Finnish projects, if undertaken.
RUSNANO proposed, and the group agreed, that a working group would be formed to take over joint efforts to standardize and regulate Russian-Finnish nanotechnology.
The memorandum signed during the meeting envisions collaboration between Finland and Russia as the foremost international joint undertaking to regulate nanotechnology.