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What does the history of technology regulation teach us about nano oversight?
|Title||What does the history of technology regulation teach us about nano oversight?|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2009|
|Authors||Marchant, Gary, Sylvester Douglas, and Abbott Kenneth W.|
|Journal||Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics|
|Date Published||December 2009|
|Place Published||Malden, MA|
|Type of Article||Journal Article|
This article looks at five important lessons that can be drown from previous attempts to govern emerging technologies that can be applied to the case of developing oversight models for nanotechnology. These include: (1) public confidence and trust in a technology and its regulatory oversight is probably the most important factor for the commercial success of a technology; (2) regulation should avoid discriminating against particular technologies unless there is a scientifically based rationale for the disparate treatment; (3) regulatory systems need to be flexible and adaptive to rapidly changing technologies; (4) ethical and social concerns of the public about emerging technologies need to be expressly acknowledged and addressed in regulatory oversight; and (5) international harmonization of regulation may be beneficial in a rapidly globalizing world.