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Nanomedicine—Small Particles, Big Issues: A New Regulatory Dawn for Health Care Law and Bioethics?

Jean V McHale

in Law and Bioethics

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780199545520
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191721113 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso:acprof/9780199545520.003.0020

Series: Current Legal Issues

Nanomedicine—Small Particles, Big Issues: A New Regulatory Dawn for Health Care Law and Bioethics?

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This chapter considers the potential benefits, problems, and regulatory challenges posed by the use of nanotechnology and nanoscience in medicine. It argues that there are different views as to whether nanotechnology can be truly regarded as ‘special’ or ‘different’. It is really too early to resolve the question of whether this is truly a brave new regulatory dawn for health care law and bioethics. However, there is a range of pertinent issues that need to be addressed as pinpointed at both national and EU level in the many reviews as to the validity of such technologies, their safety, and the broader implications in relation to issues as diverse as patenting, informed consent, and confidentiality.

Keywords: bioethics; nanotechnology; nanomedicine; regulation

Chapter.  6359 words. 

Subjects: Medical and Healthcare Law

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