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Legal aspects of nanotechnology in environmental protection

Agnieszka Baran 

Bialystok University of Technology, Faculty of Management, Kleosin, S. Tarasiuka Street 2, Białystok 16-001, Poland


Legal problems:

- there is no regulation controlling the release of nanomaterials manufactured into the environment in European or international environmental regulatory laws, European Commission is finalizing the review assessing the adequacy of EU legislative framework for products of nanotechnologies,

-EU is currently considering how to apply current environmental regulatory laws (On 3 October 2012, the Commission adopted the Communication on the Second Regulatory Review on Nanomaterials) - analysis of the current european environmental law (integrated pollution prevention and control, major-accidents, air quality, soil, water, waste, industrial emissions, environmental liability), adequate implementation may require adaptations to the legislation as well as the development of new procedures,

-The European Commission is responsible for proposing legislation as well as the administration and enforcement of enacted legislation. “Precautionary principle” forms the basis for all environmental directives that are under consideration or have been issued by the EC,

-approaches to regulation – whether and how to regulate nanotechnology ? soft law or hard law mechanisms ? – soft law mechanisms serves to assist in the implementation of existing hard law.


Legal notice
  • Legal notice:

Presentation: Poster at Nano and Advanced Materials Workshop and Fair, by Agnieszka Baran
See On-line Journal of Nano and Advanced Materials Workshop and Fair

Submitted: 2013-06-26 10:30
Revised:   2013-06-26 10:30