Governing Nanomedicine: lessons from within, and for, the EU Medical Technology Regulatory Framework : Guest Editors Introduction

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Dorbeck-Jung, Bärbel and Bowman, Diana M. and Calster, Geert van (2011) Governing Nanomedicine: lessons from within, and for, the EU Medical Technology Regulatory Framework : Guest Editors Introduction. Law & Policy, 33 (2). pp. 215-224. ISSN 0265-8240

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Abstract:Rapidly emerging technologies, such as nanotechnologies, are posing significant
challenges to regulatory governance due to the uncertainties of development
trajectories, product properties, and potential risk problems (Davies
2009). While nanotechnology-based products and processes fall within the
scope of current regulatory instruments (European Commission 2008a;
Ludlow, Bowman, and Hodge 2007; van Calster 2006), there is increasing
concern that such frameworks may not be appropriate for adequately or
effectively regulating all dimensions of the technology (see, for example,
House of Lords Science and Technology Committee 2010; European Parliament
2009a; Chaudhry et al. 2006; Taylor 2008, 2006; Royal Society and
Royal Academy of Engineering 2004). The traditional approach of evidencebased
regulation is not equipped to cope with myriad uncertainties surrounding
the development and commercialisation of nanotechnologies. This does
not mean that public policy can wait and see, however. Even in the case of
evidence deficiencies, public responsibility goes beyond a laissez-faire
approach to risk regulation. In the European Union and some other countries,
precautionary regulatory action is required when basic values like
human dignity, health, safety, environment, property, and privacy are at risk
(Fisher 2007; European Commission 2000).
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Official URL:http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9930.2010.00335.x
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