Regulation of Nanotechnology in the European Union

Mindaugas Kiškis

Abstract


In the article, the author describes the primary regulatory premises and aspects of nanotechnology, analyses the most prominent examples of nanotechnology regulation in the European Union (EU) and the U.S. as well as considers the future path for regulation. Nanotechnology is one of the newest frontier technologies aimed at nanoscale manipulation of the mostly known materials. Unfortunately, scholars and regulators are failing to agree even on the most basic definitions of nanotechnology or protocols for its assessment. Nanotechnology poses an extraordinary set of potential opportunities, risks as well as regulatory challenges. The lack of regulation has the potential to undermine the development of nanotechnology and public/business confidence, while improper regulation may do even more damage.

Keywords


nanotechnology; nanotechnology law; nanotechnology policy

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"Societal studies" ISSN online 2029-2244 / ISSN print 2029-2236