International Approaches to the Regulatory Governance of Nanotechnology

Regulation Papers, April 2009

74 Pages Posted: 8 Jan 2010

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Marc Saner

University of Ottawa

Jennifer Pelley

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: April 1, 2009

Abstract

This report is an initial exploration into the question: "How have Canada and other jurisdictions reacted to the recent emergence of nanotechnology-based products in the marketplace (and what is the current state of affairs)" undertaken from the perspective of regulatory governance. The report is largely based on a literature review (up to March 2009) that has been corroborated with expert interviews. Our focus is on five jurisdictions (US, UK, EU, Australia and Canada) and we describe how the emergence of nanotechnology triggered activities in three domains: (a) public and stakeholder debate, (b) development of initial policy options, and (c) the management of regulatory development in a situation of scarce data. On the basis of these up-to-date descriptions, we have selected a set of six regulatory governance principles and discuss the extent to which best practices are starting to emerge.

JEL Classification: I18, L5, L65

Suggested Citation

Saner, Marc and Pelley, Jennifer, International Approaches to the Regulatory Governance of Nanotechnology (April 1, 2009). Regulation Papers, April 2009, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1532390

Marc Saner (Contact Author)

University of Ottawa ( email )

Ottawa, Ontario K1N6N5
Canada

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Jennifer Pelley

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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