Policing Regulations

While the Californian city of Berkeley may have become the first city to impose its own laws on nanomaterials, policing them appears to be a little trickier. Nanotechnology Law reports that only one company in the region has owned up to using nanoparticles and “UC Berkeley and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) responded, but did not include the specific data required by the ordinance.”

When considering regulation, law makers sometimes fail to understand that regulations have to be policed. Typical is the worry about nanoparticle detection, when lugging around a TEM to analyse the particles is somewhat impractical, and many of the existing technologies leave much to be desired in terms of portability, reliability and detection limits.

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