Beyond Biotechnology: FDA Regulation of Nanomedicine

by John Miller

4 Colum. Sci. & Tech. L. Rev. 5 (2003) (Published January 15, 2003)


Nanotechnology, which involves investigating and manipulating matter at the atomic and molecular levels, may radically transform industry and society. Because nanotechnology could introduce whole new classes of materials and products, it could present an array of novel challenges to regulatory agencies. In this note, John Miller explores the regulatory challenges facing the Food and Drug Administration in regulating nanomedical products. First, the FDA will have trouble fitting such products into the agency’s classification scheme. Second, it will be difficult for the FDA to maintain adequate scientific expertise in the field. He concludes that the FDA should consider implementing several reforms now to ensure that it is adequately prepared to regulate nanomedicine.

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