Reviewing the regulatory barriers for nanomedicine: Global questions and challenges

Diana Bowman, Jake Gatof

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Nanomedicine will play an increasing role in prevention and treatment across the entire healthcare spectrum. However, their precise market size, economic value and areas of application remain unclear. This opacity, including the question of what constitutes nanomedicine matters, especially when considered alongside the key regulatory questions and concerns. This article begins by placing these key questions into context in relation to the current scientific state of the art, focusing particular attention on the human health and safety context. In exploring these central questions surrounding the regulation of nanomedicine, this perspective also explores existing and suggested frameworks that aim to deal with emerging technologies more generally. It then outlines priority areas for action and general conclusions specific to nanomedicine.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3275-3286
Number of pages12
Issue number21
StatePublished - Nov 2015


  • EU
  • USA
  • global challenges
  • governance
  • health and safety
  • innovation
  • intellectual property
  • nanomaterials
  • regulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Medicine (miscellaneous)
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)


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