Nanotech Database

Article Title:
NanoregulationFiltering Out the Small Stuff

Ludlow, Karinne

Journal Information:
Vol. 2, Num. 2


Ludlow sees that, at the moment, [w]hilst there are not yet laws specifically relating to nanotechnology and its products in any country, the technology and its products are not unregulated; there are regulations in place currently on more mundane products that serve to also guide the development of nanotechnology. This does not mean, however, that the regulations in place are adequate for nanotechnology-enabled products, nor does it mean that there should be any assumptions that preexisting regulations should even be adequate. This is an issue that needs to be considered seriously, for nanotechnology is moving forward at would could be a dangerous speed, especially if regulation cannot keep up. Through a study of regulatory assessment reports, Ludlow comes to the conclusion that it is imperative to the author that governments stay abreast of the developments in the field and continually reevaluate regulatory restrictions, lest something catastrophic slip by.