Small things add up: trillions of dollars of products applying nanotechnology have been marketed to consumers promising new medicines, strong packaging to protect goods from contamination, stronger eyelash mascara and long-lasting lipstick, construction materials for housing, cheaper energy, and new drugsto fight cancer.
Nanotechnology applications to consumer productsrepresent a huge slice of daily economic life,heralding a revolutionary age for science and technology.How can the benefits of nanotechnology be realized while protecting public health?
Global Health Impacts of Nanotechnology Law: A Tool for Stakeholder Engagement fills a major void in legal, scientific policy discourse about nanotechnology for people who are curious about nanoscience, bioethics, and law. The pioneering,plain-language textof Dr. Ilise L. Feitshans, international health law scholar and former international civil servant, enables readers to move comfortably across disciplines and explorehow nanotechnology can reshape both commerce and public health to improve daily life worldwide.
- Defining nanotechnology under law,
- The role of stakeholders in a standard setting for nanosafety, and,
- Harmonization of nanotechnology law in a global risk governance framework for advancing commerce, incubating new products, and fostering positive global health impacts
The book is of particular interest to the general public, lawmakers, legislators, international officials, research scientists who care about policy outcomes, nanotechnology researchers, corporate policymakers, corporate compliance decisionmakers, consumers, bioethicists, consumer advocates, occupational health specialists, nanomedicine practitioners, patients, non-governmental organizations, physicians, doctors, public health professionals, architects, engineers, safety engineers, women’s rights advocates, lawyers, disability rights advocates, consumers, consumer advocates, patient advocates, social workers, professional entertainers, and journalists.
As the Managing Best Practices columnist for Industrial Safety & Hygiene News (www.ishn.com), a print and online publication for about 70,000 monthly subscribers, I'm always on the lookout for worthy information to help occupational health and safety pros do their jobs better. I was pleased to direct readers of the ISHN's May 2018 column on managing chemical exposures to Ilise Feitshans new book, Global Health Impacts of Nanotechnology Law: A Tool for Stakeholder Engagement. Ilise uses plain language, coupled with her broad and global experiences, to helpfully explain complex health and safety topics. To cut to the chase, Ilise's new book is the most insightful, enjoyable book on managing health effects of chemical exposures that I've read in my 35+ years working in the occupational health and safety field. But whether one has lengthy health experience or is just starting out and curious, science education or not, Ilise's book is a must-read if you're a "stakeholder," which we all are with the revolution of nanomaterials into all aspects of our daily life. I highly enjoyed Ilise's book. It’s a hardcover keeper and gets my 5-star review! Brilliant writing!
~Daniel S. Markiewicz, President, Markiewicz & Associates Ltd.
This book fills a void in addressing the legal, social, and policy implications of nanotechnology from a global governance perspective. It makes the nanotechnology applications of daily life accessible to readers who are curious about this new scientific and legal field but do not have a doctorate in either aerosol physics or administrative law.
~John Howard, Director, US National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
This is the first book to discuss the relation between law, regulation, and science in nanotechnology. Dr. Ilise L. Feitshans provides us with a clear view of how ‘nano’ can contribute to society in the near future.
~Shuji Tsuruoka, Institute of Carbon Science and Technology
In this book, the brilliant Ilise has made it possible for everyone to understand a complicated subject very easily. Bravo!
~Laurence-Isaline Stahl Gretsch, Museum of Natural History, Geneva