BNCT Project on Impact Assessment

Project on Impact Assessment (OECD BNCT)

For some time, analysts have predicted that biotechnology and nanotechnology would enable broad new areas of scientific research and innovation, revolutionise industrial processes, and deepen economic value chains. After many years of sustained investment by countries in these areas, many national policy makers seek better ways to measure impact of these fields. However, validation of predictions and assertions is hampered by the interdisciplinary nature of these fields and their broad diffusion as tools within other scientific areas. Growing technological convergence across these domains further confounds clear assessment of impact that policymakers are interested in.

Drawing from the strength of prior OECD work, the new OECD Working Party on Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Converging Technologies (BNCT) aims to develop an impact assessment methodology that allows the simultaneous analysis of nanotechnology and biotechnology and the impacts of policies concerning them.

The Working Party anticipates to use the consolidated Impact Assessment of Biotechnology and Nanotechnology to understand more fully the growth dynamics of industrial sectors involving and affected by the two technologies, with a view to characterizing the development towards converging technologies.

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Welcome to BNCT Impact Assessment

Posted by Steffi Friedrichs on August 14, 2015

Welcome to the webpage of OECD's work on Impact Assessment of Bio- and Nanotechnology - a Project of the OECD's Working Party on Biotechnology, Nanotechnology and Converging Technologies (BNCT).

  • If you are a member of the public, who is interested in Impact Assessment of enabling and emerging technologies, you will find useful, frequently updated information on this page.
  • If you are a registered expert of the OECD BNCT Task Force on Measurement and Impact (TFMI), you can log into this page, in order to find private discussion and file exchange fora, as well as information on past and upcoming meetings of your Task Force.

Info: Impact Assessment of Bio- and Nanotechnology

Past Meetings: BNCT TFMI