Governing Nano Foods: Principles-Based Responsive Regulation

Governing Nano Foods: Principles-Based Responsive Regulation : EFFoST Critical Reviews #3

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Food which nanotechnology has impacted or to which nanotechnology is applied is referred to as nanofood. From treatment of the soil in which a crop plant is grown to the caring of a food, nanotechnology is a growing factor in the food supply. At this point, however, there is no definitive, effective global method for regulating the use of nanotechnology as it relates to the food suply.

Legislation on nanotechnologies is still evolving, as is understanding what data is needed for effective, efficient and appropriate risk assessment associated with nanotechnology impacted foods. Due to the emerging nature of nanotechnology and its role in the food supply, case-by-case studies are the current norm, but the need for wide-scale testing and broad-based regulatory standards is urgent.

This project is based on an EFFoST study designed to provide a comparative study of nanofood regulations in order to guide regulation development in this rapidly expanding market.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 100 pages
  • 150 x 228 x 10mm | 180g
  • Academic Press Inc
  • San Diego, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0124201563
  • 9780124201569

Review quote

"The report discusses testing and improving regulatory infrastructures or building new ones to ensure food safety in the face of challenges posed by nanotechnologies. It argues for a principles-based regulatory framework for nanotechnologies, in contrast to conventional rule-based approaches...", April 2014
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Table of contents


Executive Summary


Requirements for food safety regulation

Safety frame applied to food applications of nanotechnology

Case-by-case premarket approval

Nano-specific regulation

Regulatory burden

A learning system

Conclusions and way forward


Analytical framework

On the delineation of the concept 'nanotechnology'

Lessons learned from selected regulatory reviews

Nanotechnology in proposed regulation

Research team
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About Bernd Van Der Meulen

Bernd van der Meulen (Bachelor/Masters of Law, Masters of Governance, PhD Law) is the head of the Law and Governance Group of Wageningen University, President & co-founder of the Dutch Food Law Association (NVLR) and Director of European Institute for Food Law where he is a supervisor of PhD-researchers and students in organisation, quality assessment, mediation and conflict resolution and served as chair of the exams committee of the Department of Social Sciences at Wageningen University (2002-2012) Wageningen University, Wageningen, The Netherlands
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