Standards & Norms

Standards are vitally important to the effective worldwide trade of products and services; they guarantee that what is on offer is of an exact specification and quality. Companies that use standards can expect both lower business costs and risks and higher market presence.

In the field of nanotechnology, the development of appropriate nomenclature and standards is still in its infancy, and fast progress is urgently required so as to avoid hampering the development and acceptance of nanotechnology-based innovation.

Several notable institutions have established dedicated technical committees that develop standards and norms in nanotechnology. These bodies operate:

So far over one hundred key vocabularies, as well as dozens of technical specifications and reports, have been produced. Nevertheless many more are needed, and active industry participation in the standardisation process is of the utmost importance in ensuring the best possible market conditions for nanotechnologies.

 

Support for NIA Members:

With its presence in standardisation committees at all different levels, NIA provides its members with specific support in Standards & Norms.

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US NIST develops World’s Smallest Reference Material

US NIST recently issued ‘the smallest known reference material ever created’, RM 8027. RM 8027 ‘consists of five hermetically sealed ampoules containing one millilitre of silicon nanoparticles – all certified to be close to 2 nanometres in diameter – suspended in toluene’

EC Joint Research Centre publishes Characterisation and Preparation Info for Cerium Dioxide Representative Test Materials

The EC's JRC has today published a new Science and Policy Report, Cerium Dioxide, NM-211, NM-212, NM-213. Characterisation and test item preparation. The report ‘presents the physico-chemical characterisation of Representative Test Materials (RTMs) of manufactured nano cerium dioxide’, with the aim that they ‘may be used as representative material[s] in the measurement and testing with regard to hazard identification, risk and exposure assessment studies’

OECD-ISO Joint Meeting Report highlights Need for Updates to OECD Test Guidelines

The OECD has released a new document, Report of the OECD Expert Meeting on the Physical Chemical Properties of Manufactured Nanomaterials and Test Guidelines. The meeting, which brought together members of the OECD WPMN and ISO TC/229, was attended by NIA. The report presents an overview of ‘the discussion and recommendations derived from the workshop’

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