Current nanotechnology standardisation activities
The high global interest in the field of nanotechnologies has increased pressure on standard makers to develop deliverables to support commercial and regulatory needs. Standards are technical documents designed to be used as a rule, guideline or definition. They provide a consensus-built, repeatable way of doing something. One of the building blocks of a safe, integrated and responsible approach to the development of nanotechnologies is standardisation. In Europe, both the Economic and Social Committee and the European Parliament have highlighted the importance to be attached to standardisation as a means to accompany the introduction on the market of nanotechnologies and nanomaterials, and as a means to facilitate the implementation of regulation. Standards play a key role for regulatory compliance, in particular in areas where regulation requires a risk assessment and risk management approach.
Standardisation activities in the nanotechnology field are taking place at the international level and in many countries, involving a broad range of interests and organisations. At the forefront of these activities are the following five bodies: