Registration of Nanomaterials and Nano-Enable Products: Solution in Regulation and Governance or New Challenge

Abu Bakar Munir1,*, Md. Ershadul Karim1,
Siti Hajar Mohd Yasin2, Firdaus Muhammad-Sukki3

Abstract – Regulation and governance of infinite number and diversified types of engineered nanomaterials has been a genuine challenge for the regulators around the world in recent times. Recent experience with the genetically modified food compelled the regulators, specially from the Europe, to take cautious move from the very beginning regarding nanomaterials. One of the initial tasks in relation to regulation and governance is the registration of nanomaterials and development of the nano-enabled product registers. This paper intends to shed focus on and evaluate the development of different registers on materials and products. It is apparent that though some European regulators have initiated the registration process, other regulators like Australia and the USA are skeptical about the success of such initiative. Albeit, in order to provide remedies for any possible future damage arising out of defective products or material the importance of such databases cannot be ignored.

Keywords – Registration of nanomaterials; nanomaterials register; product register.

1Faculty of Law, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
2 Faculty of Law, Universiti Teknologi MARA, 40450 Shah Alam, Selangor, Malaysia.
3 School of Engineering, Robert Gordon University, Garthdee Road, AB10 7GJ Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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