Trust Me I’m a Regulator: The (in) Adequacy of EU Legislative Instruments for Three Nanotechnology Categories (Food, Cosmetics & Medicine)
DIMENSIONS OF TECHNOLOGY REGULATION, pp. 205-235, M.E.A. Goodwin, B.J. Koops, R.E. Leenes, eds., Wolf Legal Publishing, 2010
Posted: 1 Oct 2010
Date Written: February 29, 2010
Growing demand for new and/or improved products has encouraged governments and industry to experiment with innovative technologies, such as nanotechnologies, across the manufacturing chain. With nanotechnologies destined to impact on every aspect of society, there is increasing concern that the very novelty which defines this platform technology will itself bring new and unforeseen risks. In light of this discourse this paper examines the European Union’s regulatory frameworks for cosmetics, medical applications and food contact materials in order to determine their suitability for regulating nanotechnology-based products and their associated (potential) risks. While strengths of these current regimes are noted, a number of important gaps within each framework are identified. Initial steps for addressing these gaps which take into consideration both the need to protect against potential risks, and the broader interests associated with the development of the technologies, are outlined.
Keywords: Nano Medicine, Nano Cosmetics, Nano Foods, Regulation, European Union, Consumers
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