The European Commission’s Directorate General for Research has begun a public consultation regarding developing a new action plan for nanotechnology in the European Union nations, focusing on the "technological and societal challenges of the next five years and strengthening the research and innovation efforts, with increased emphasis on sustainable development, competitiveness, health, safety and environmental issues" that will arise during the plan’s 2010-2015 time frame.

The consultation seeks comments from the general public, organizations, the corporate world, and public authorities. The consultation period will close on 02/19/2010, after which the Commission will publish a summary paper. Directions on how to submit contributions are available on the European Commission’s website.