Showing posts with label product liability. Show all posts
Showing posts with label product liability. Show all posts
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Legal loopholes in Nano Liability

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Chris Phoenix at CRN referred us to a new report from Investor Environmental Health Network. The Report highlighted 8 loopholes under current regulations which, if go unrepaired, will trigger litigation bomb in the future.

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Some good points on regulating the unknown

Saturday, February 24, 2007

This article from R.F.Wilson deserves a review:
This article examines our emerging knowledge base about the hazards of nano-sized particles (NSPs), focusing on risks posed by two types of exposure, inhalation of NSPs and topical application of products containing NSPs. It examines why the current regulatory framework is inadequate to respond to these risks and why regulators believe their hands are tied until new legislation is enacted. It then argues that this regulatory inaction leaves a significant role for the private insurance market, but that regulators should support this market in tangible ways, such as requiring federal grant recipients to carry commercial liability policies that would protect the public from potential adverse consequences
I still don't think that current research results on nanotoxicity is conclusive enough to start underwriting. A very limited underwriting agreement can be applied I guess. Swiss Re wrote a good report on the case, downloadable here.

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Nanotechnology Regulation in EU

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Prof. Van Calster's article for NLB on european nanotechnology regulation is available for download at Nanoforum's website here (free signup required). Here's a quote:
The expectation is that the EU will adopt a cautious approach, following the example of the European Chemicals policy under REACH. In that case, the burden of proof of safety is shifted from the authorities to the manufacturer. Product liability law is less likely to be applied, because this area is not harmonised at EU level. Geert van Calster compares the EU and US legislative framework and trends.