Nanoregulation along the product life cycle in the EU, Switzerland, Thailand, the USA, and intergovernmental organisations, and its compatibility with WTO law

Karlaganis, Georg; Liechti, Rachel; Teparkum, Sirasak; Aungkavattana, Pavadee; Indaraprasirt, Ramjitti (2019). Nanoregulation along the product life cycle in the EU, Switzerland, Thailand, the USA, and intergovernmental organisations, and its compatibility with WTO law. Toxicological and environmental chemistry, 101(7-8), pp. 339-368. Taylor & Francis 10.1080/02772248.2019.1697878

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Due to vast research programmes of industrial countries during the last two decades, our knowledge about the intrinsic properties of nanomaterials has increased considerably. However, "nanoregulation" lags behind this progress. Key elements of nanoregulation are definition/scope and safety/consumer information. Safety information along the nanolife-cycle is vital for the nanoparticle producer down to the industrial downstream user (product producer). However, nanodeclaration (in the sense of a label on the product for consumers) is not yet widely spread, in different geographic regions for different reasons. This is a case study for the EU, Switzerland, Thailand, the USA, and Intergovernmental Organisations. In addition, this study investigates inter- and governmental activities and the relationship between nanodeclaration and WTO rules. Non-compliance with WTO rules is a pretext for not introducing nanodeclaration in products. It is concluded that WTO rules do not exclude nanodeclaration.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

02 Faculty of Law > Department of Economic Law > Institute of European and International Economic Law

UniBE Contributor:

Liechti, Rachel

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 340 Law
500 Science > 540 Chemistry
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0277-2248

Publisher:

Taylor & Francis

Language:

English

Submitter:

Rachel Liechti-Mc Kee

Date Deposited:

12 Dec 2019 16:44

Last Modified:

16 Feb 2020 02:47

Publisher DOI:

10.1080/02772248.2019.1697878

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/136380

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