On Monday 5th June 2023, the EU H2020 project SABYDOMA organised its 2nd Legal Workshop on Safe-by-Design (SbD), on the first day of the nanoSAFE2023 conference in Grenoble, France.
While the by-design paradigm now seems to be integrated into regulatory policies, legal challenges have yet to be addressed. This workshop is the first to focus on potential liability issues (Asia/EU/US) and the global regulatory dimension of the by-design approach. With expert lawyers and scientists from different regions of the world among the speakers, the workshop covered the legal aspects of the SSbD approach in the nanotechnology sector, expanding out to “by-design” approaches relevant in other technological industries.
The main objective of the workshop was to have a better understanding of the potential legal consequences of the adoption of the SSbD recommendation by the European Commission on 8th December 2022 and, in particular, whether it could prompt a change in the liability regimes which are currently centered on the manufacturers’ liability and not on the “designers” of technologies.
Around 50 participants from all over the world (one third in person and two-thirds on online); with a majority of female participants, from a wide range of stakeholders (scientists, industry, consultants, market researchers, NGO representatives, regulators, policy makers/advisors, lawyers, etc.), joined the workshop.
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