ABA webinar on `Nano governance: the current state of federal, state, and international regulation`


Source: Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

On May 19, 2011, the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Committee on Pesticides, Chemical Regulation and Right-to-Know will convene a webinar on global nanotechnology governance initiatives. The program will explore the new and creative applications of existing regulatory tools and governance approaches to address the potential risks of nanotechnologies, implement new risk assessment approaches to evolving technologies, and maximize the potential benefits of these materials. Panelists will report on new and emerging federal, State, and international nanomaterials regulations and governance strategies. Attendees will gain insight into potential public health and environmental impacts and the approaches various government agencies and industrial stakeholders are pursuing to address these issues while also promoting nanotechnology. The program is open to attorneys, regulatory affairs experts, environmental managers, and other professionals with chemical regulatory compliance practices.

The program features several panels of experts, as follows:

Panel 1 -- 'Beyond The Feds: International/State Regulatory Programs and Strategies for Addressing Nanoscale Materials.' Moderator: Lynn L. Bergeson, Bergeson & Campbell, P.C., Washington, DC. Panelists: Steffi Friedrichs, Ph.D., Nanotechnology Industries Association, Brussels, Belgium; Neena Sahasrabudhe, Ph.D., Office of Pollution Prevention and Green Technology, California Department of Toxic Substances Control, Sacramento, CA; and Rosalind Volpe, Ph.D., Executive Director, Silver Nanotechnology Working Group A Program of Silver Research Consortium LLC, Durham, NC.

Panel 2 -- 'The Federal Regulatory Outlook'. Moderator: Charles L. Franklin, Akin Gump LLP, Washington, DC. Panelists: William Jordan, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of Pesticide Programs, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington, DC; Jim Alwood, Program Manager, Chemical Control Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics, EPA, Washington, DC; and Treye A. Thomas, Ph.D., Toxicologist, Directorate for Health Sciences, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Bethesda, MD.

Panel 3 -- 'Perspectives From the Field'. Moderator: Chandran B. Iyer, Sughrue Mion, PLLC, Washington, DC. Panelists: Thomas R. Jacob, Coordinator, California Nanotechnology Initiative; Richard A. Denison, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Environmental Defense Fund, Inc., Washington, DC; and Steve Froggett, Ph.D., Froggett & Associates, Seattle, WA.

The ABA is especially pleased that Dr. Friedrichs is able to participate in this program given her extensive and deep understanding of global nanotechnology governance issues.

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