Relevance of research
Research is classified has having high, substantial, some or marginal relevance to the EH&S implications of nanotechnology.
These are “fuzzy” categories, reflecting the complexity of categorizing research relevance. However, the following can be used as a general guide:
Research that is specifically and explicitly focused on the health, environmental and/or safety implications of nanotechnology.
Research that is geared towards nanotechnology-based applications or developing fundamental new knowledge on nanoscience but that has substantial and explicit relevance to EH&S implications.
Research that is focused on the application of nanotechnology and developing fundamental new knowledge on nanoscience but that has some relevance to EH&S implications.
Fundamental nanoscience and/or nanotechnology applications-based research, which informs understanding on potential EH&S implications in some way.