The ethical assessment of the use of technologies is generally considered a component of the health technology assessment (HTA) processes. HTA is a multidisciplinary process that summarizes information about medical, economic, organizational, ethical, psychological, social and legal issues related to the implementation of a certain health technology in health care system and its main purpose is to inform policymaking. Unlike the other technologies nanotechnologies pose different risks and, therefore, new bioethical implications should be assessed. So, the ethical assessment of nanotechnologies within the HTA processes could be more problematic. The article intends to debate this complexity.
- health technology assessment