Developing Oversight Frameworks for Nanobiotechnology

17 Pages Posted: 9 Mar 2008 Last revised: 18 Nov 2014

Jordan Paradise

Loyola University Chicago School of Law

Susan M. Wolf

University of Minnesota Law School

Gurumurthy Ramachandran, PhD

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Efrosini Kokkoli, PhD

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Ralph Hall, JD

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - School of Law

Jennifer Kuzma

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs

Abstract

Oversight systems specific to nanotechnology have not yet been created; stakeholders, government, industry, academia, and the public are debating whether and how to craft such systems and address emerging safety, social, and ethical issues. The United States has no coordinated policy for oversight of the products and applications of nanotechnology and uncertainty prevails over how existing general regulatory regimes and industry standards apply to emerging nanotechnologies. Empirical assessment of health and environmental risks is still in process. At the same time, public understanding of nanotechnology is rudimentary and public concern exists. This article focuses on nanobiotechnology, which most directly raises questions of how oversight can address safety and efficacy, outlines the current debate on oversight in the United States, suggests why deliberate development of oversight strategies is important, and recommends how to develop them.

Keywords: nanotechnology, regulation, oversight, federal agencies

Suggested Citation

Paradise, Jordan and Wolf, Susan M. and Ramachandran, PhD, Gurumurthy and Kokkoli, PhD, Efrosini and Hall, JD, Ralph and Kuzma, Jennifer, Developing Oversight Frameworks for Nanobiotechnology. Minnesota Journal of Law, Science & Technology, Vol. 9, No. 1, pp. 187-203, 2008. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1103114

Jordan K. Paradise (Contact Author)

Loyola University Chicago School of Law ( email )

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Susan M. Wolf

University of Minnesota Law School ( email )

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Gurumurthy Ramachandran, PhD

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities ( email )

420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Efrosini Kokkoli, PhD

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities ( email )

420 Delaware St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Ralph Hall, JD

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - School of Law ( email )

229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Jennifer Kuzma

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities - Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs ( email )

301 19th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

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