Posted: October 1, 2007

Nanotechnology bound: evaluating the case for more regulation

(Nanowerk News) An interesting paper about nanotechnology regulation - Nanotechnology Bound: Evaluating the Case for More Regulation - by Patrick Lin of The Nanoethics Group has been posted over at their website.
In continuing news, there is a growing debate on whether current laws and regulations, both in the US and abroad, need to be strengthened as they relate to nanotechnology. On one side, experts argue that nanomaterials, which are making their way into the marketplace today, are possibly harmful to consumers and the environment, so stronger and new laws are needed to ensure they are safe.
On the other side, different experts argue that more regulation will slow down the pace of business and innovation in nanotechnology, or that self-regulation is the answer, or other opposing positions.
The paper draws out the core issues behind the debate and explains that there is more at stake than merely environmental, health and safety (EHS) worries or business interests, as it first appears.
Lin also suggests an alternative solution to stricter laws, since stricter laws would face formidable practical challenges, even if they are warranted.
Source: The Nanoethics Group