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Multicriteria mapping of stakeholder preferences in regulating nanotechnology


By csep - Posted on 06 August 2010

TitleMulticriteria mapping of stakeholder preferences in regulating nanotechnology
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2010
AuthorsFoss Hansen, Steffen
JournalJournal of Nanoparticle Research
Volume12
Issue6
Pagination1959 - 1970
Date Published8/2010
Publication LanguageEnglish
ISSN Number1572-896X
Abstract

n order to facilitate stakeholder discussions on how to regulate nanotechnology, the opensource program multicriteria mapping (MCM) was used to structure 26 interviews with stakeholders in the USA. Adopting an incremental approach and implementing a new regulatory framework was evaluated as the best options whereas a complete ban and no additional regulation of nanotechnology were found to be the least favorable. Criteria applied differed substantially among stakeholders and included social, ethical, regulatory, environmental, and health issues. Opinions on future regulation seem far less polarized than expected and it seems that stakeholders would welcome a combination of voluntary measures, an incremental approach and forming of a new regulatory framework.

DOI10.1007/s11051-010-0006-3
Short TitleJ Nanopart Res