Nanotech Database

Article Title:
Regulating Nanotechnologies: Risk Management Models and Nanomedicine

Schummer, Joachim

Journal Information:
Vol. 2, Num. 1


The thrust of this article is the regulation of nanotechnology, specifically nanomedicine, and the risks involved in stifling the science while trying to keep it safe for the public. One of the basic problems is that nanotechnology regulation is largely unwritten, and while the science may fall under the guidelines of certain laws already on the books for other fields, it is not necessarily true that they will be adequate. The article goes on to introduce the next four pieces in the journal, each of which deal with the legal implications of nanotechnology and attempts at regulation. The final word the authors have deals with the importance of following international guidelines when creating regulatory legislation, lest biases inside certain countries toward or away from nanotechnology develop.