Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law presents The Biggest Issues for the Smallest Stuff: Regulation and Risk Management of Nanotechnology March 21, 2011. The event is sponsored by the Center for Law, Science & Innovation, in partnership with the law firm of Polsinelli Shughart PC and the Center for Nanotechnology in Society at ASU.
Nanotechnology, the science of the very small, is a rapidly emerging set of technologies being applied in virtually every industry sector, including health care, energy, food, cosmetics, materials, computer and communication technologies, automotive, environmental services and many others. At the same time that nanotechnology is providing many new exciting applications and benefits, it also has the potential to create significant new risks for workers, consumers and the environment. After several years of studying the problem, federal agencies such as EPA, FDA, and NIOSH are now moving forward with more aggressive regulation of nanotechnology, and a variety of other non-regulatory risk management and safety initiatives are being proposed or implemented.