Nanotechnology Law. Best Practices

Nanotechnology Law. Best Practices

Nanotechnology Law. Best Practices

By Lorna Brazell
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This is the first book to offer a thorough analysis of the problems posed by nanotechnology in the context of existing legal schemes and trends, focusing on initiatives and debates in the European Union but also considering developments at the global level and in the United States, Canada, Australia, Japan and China.

Setting out how the current debate has arisen, how existing law deals with the issues arising around nanotechnology in areas such as patent rights and manufacturers’ liability, and how various international organizations are searching for some global consensus, the book addresses topics and issues including the following:
  • patentability of nanomaterial products and processes;
  • trade secrecy and nanotechnology;
  • waste and disposal issues;
  • occupational health and safety issues;
  • international initiatives – OECD, FAO, WHO, UNEP and the International Conference on Chemicals Management (ICCM);
  • intersection of nanotechnology with the most important fields of economic development;
  • the extent to which exclusive rights have been registered over early developments in nanotechnology;
  • the practical viability of pre-market toxicity investigation and postmarketing vigilance;
  • contractual and tortious approaches to real or potential liability for harm;
  • application of the precautionary principle in law and regulation; and
  • political responses to existing legislation.
Nanomaterials are already a commercial reality; the regulatory debate centres on the question of how to maximize the benefits they may offer while also limiting the risk from unforeseen hazards. This book clearly and comprehensively describes the range of issues relating to the legal framework and practicalities for commercial exploitation of nanotechnologies, and as such will prove of great value and importance to corporate counsel in many manufacturing sectors as well as to regulators and policy makers in environmental and trade law.

Lorna is a partner in the London office of Bird & Bird LLP.

ISBN: 9789041138262
Pages: 296
SKU: 9041138269
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List of Abbreviations.


Chapter 1 Nanotechnology in the Twenty-First Century.

Chapter 2 Exploitation of Nanotechnology.

Chapter 3 Nanotechnology in Unregulated Sectors.

Chapter 4 Regulatory Approaches.

Chapter 5 International Initiatives.

Chapter 6 Regulation in Europe.

Chapter 7 Beyond Europe: An Overview.


Appendix I EU NanoCode.

Appendix II Precautionary Matrix for Synthetic Nanomaterials.

Appendix III Final Version of Classification, Labelling and Packaging of Nanomaterials in REACH and CLP.

Appendix IV Commission Recommendation on the Definition of Nanomaterial.


Table of Cases.

Table of Legislation.