Nanomaterials in Existing and Emerging Chemical Regulation of China, Japan, Korea, U.S., and the European Union
Posted: 18 Sep 2012
Date Written: September 17, 2012
Although potential environmental, health and safety (EHS) risks of nanotechnologies are global and there are some international cooperation initiatives to address the risks, the development, production and use of nanomaterials are primarily controlled by existing domestic regulations, e.g., occupational health and safety regulation, environmental regulation. This article describes the current chemical regulatory systems of China, Japan and Korea, U.S., and the European Union, analyzes applicability of existing and emerging chemical regulations to nanomaterials, and identifies and compares regulatory limitations, gaps and approaches to ensure health and safety of workers and the protection of the environment. Through the identification and comparison of differences and similarities in domestic nano-regulations, this article demonstrates how and what international, European and U.S. chemical regulations have been interacting with Asian chemical policies and regulations and provides converging trends of international and national chemical regulations (and potentially nano-regulations) and discusses how businesses have to deal with this continuous trend in the world.
Keywords: EHS, nanomaterials, nano-regulation, Asia, EU, China
JEL Classification: L52, K30, K32, K33
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