Nanotechnology is the design, characterization, production and application of structures, devices, and systems by controlled manipulation of size and shape at the nanometer scale (atomic, molecular, and macromolecular scale) that produces structures, devices, and systems with at least one novel/superior characteristic or property. There is no international scientifically accepted nomenclature or regulatory definition associated with "nano." Nanotechnology refers to interdisciplinary areas that draw from the interplay among numerous materials, products and applications from several technical and scientific fields (e.g., materials science, engineering, biochemistry, protein science, biotechnology, medicine, colloid science, physics, supra-molecular chemistry, physical chemistry and surface science, etc.). The Nanotechnology Committee explores legal issues associated with nanotechnology research and development, distribution, licensing, regulatory issues, FDA law, and intellectual property protection. The committee also discusses safety, policy and toxicity issues, creating a platform for discussions between scientists, lawyers and legislators drawn from industry, academia and government.