4th and final ObservatoryNANO Report on Regulation and Standard for
Nanotechnologies is now available. It provides a concise overview of
initiatives in more than 20 countries worldwide, with reference to hard
regulation, voluntary measures, standards and international cooperation in the
key lesson from the report: Promoting responsible Research and Innovation
(RRI), using multistakeholder approaches and addressing EHS, ELSA and
regulatory issues throughout the entire lifecycle of products.
past 4 years, the duration of the ObservatoryNANO project, have seen the rise
of a real momentum on the debate on nanotechnology governance. The situation is
continuously evolving. Relevant activities have been undertaken to deepen and
clarify EHS and ELSA issues, develop best practices, guidelines, standards,
foster international cooperation. Improved implementation tools and specific
requirements for nanotechnologies have been introduced in some regulatory
regimes, and other are planned in the near future. A particular attention is
given to "upstream" regulation (nanomaterials) and regulation of products
coming into direct contact with humans or animals.
the attitude of stakeholders (research, industry, policy makers) has, generally
speaking, changed, with an increased awareness about knowns as well as unknowns
related to the safety of nanomaterials and nano-related products.
can profoundly influence the path of the development of nanotechnology-related
products and processes. Recommendations for future actions includes:
facilitating multistakeholders approaches, setting a responsive and adaptive
regulatory framework, with an appropriate balance between hard and soft
regulation, continue the effort to foster international coordination and
are considered pivotal to pursue Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) as a
driver for promotingcompetition and growth.
´Developments in Nanotechnologies Regulation and Standards - 2012´ is here available. (download pdf; 1 MB)