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French and European Community Law on the Nanometric Forms of Chemical Substances: Questions About How the Law Handles Uncertain Risks
Volume 5, Issue 3


Authors:
Sonia Desmoulin, French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)

Abstract:
Nanotechnologies affect a diverse range of economic sectors, from construction to medicine, sporting goods, cosmetics, automobiles, tires, and food processing. The social, ethical, and legal questions raised by the research and applications associated with nanotechnologies are therefore highly varied. One of the most urgent is probably that of the risks that may flow from the massive use of engineered nanoparticles and nanomaterials. These last years, several agencies in charge of scientific expertise in France and in the European Union expressed concerns about potential health and environmental risks linked to industrial uses of nanomaterials and manufactured nanoparticles. Jurists, including lawyers and legal scholars, now face the question of the pertinence and effectiveness of the existing legal solutions, and the possible need to change them. This paper proposes some thoughts about the legal issues related to nanomaterials and nanoparticles in France and in the European Union.

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