Nanotech Database

Article Title:
Governing Nanotechnologies: Weaving New Regulatory

Bowman, Diana M

Journal Information:
Vol. 2, Num. 2


While the author seems to see nanotechnology and the various attempts to regulate the field at every turn, she also sees a growing movement that questions whether or not any government is equipped, legally and intellectually, to try to regulate nanotechnology. How does a government regulate unknown (potential) risks and balance these against the public interest, while simultaneously promoting innovation in order to ensure the successful development and commercialisation [sic] of a promising technology? Bowman goes on to describe two papers that try to get to the heart of this regulatory nightmare, and while neither really determines whether or not governments are capable of regulating nanotechnology as it stands, the consensus is that some fashion of guidance needs to be figured out, and quickly, considering the breakneck speed of innovation in the field.