4FRONT leading a Study on Innovative Practices in Legislation around Emerging Tech

4FRONT together with European Future Innovation Systems (EFIS) Centre and Visionary Analytics are conducting a study to assess the role of experimentation spaces, such as regulatory sandboxes, living labs, and testbeds in the development and market uptake of emerging technologies. The study looks at how innovative regulatory practices can enhance the growth and market uptake of new technologies, and what kind of regulatory barriers innovative technology projects face in their development. It focuses on projects supported by the European Innovation Council (EIC).

The study aims to:

  • Identify regulatory barriers for the development and market uptake of emerging technologies.
  • Spot areas where there unclear regulations, which can create uncertainties or risks for EIC-supported projects.
  • Figure out which EIC-supported technologies could benefit from more flexible rules.
  • Assess the usage of flexible regulatory practices, such as sandboxes, test labs or living labs, that are already being used in the EU, and see how well they work.

The study is conducted for the European Innovation Council and SMEs Executive Agency (EISMEA), and it is scheduled to be completed by November 2024.


Further information:
Vesa Salminen
+358 40 1252 370