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January 31, 2011

Lynn L. Bergeson, “Emerging Nanomaterial Governance Systems: The State of Play,” Molecular Imaging, January-February 2011.

Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

Domestic laws, their implementing regulations and policies, and government and private-party governance programs are now being carefully reviewed and revised to enhance their utility to manage the potential risks posed by nanoscale materials. Whether existing laws and their implementing programs are adequate to address such risks will continue to inspire debate and legislative and regulatory initiatives for years to come. This article reviews existing legal and governance oversight systems and analyzes their strengths and deficiencies in addressing the potential risks posed by nanoscale materials and in fostering nanotechnology’s promise.