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British Standards Institution

BSI_200-150UK standardisation in the emerging field of nanotechnologies is the responsibility of the BSI Technical Committee NTI/1. This technical committee (TC) was established in June 2004 and has the following Terms of Reference:

  • to mirror the work of ISO/TC 229 "Nanotechnologies", IEC/TC 113 "Nanotechnology standardisation for electrical and electronic products and systems" and CEN/TC 352 "Nanotechnologies";
  • to formulate a UK strategy for standardization in nanotechnologies through a broad consultation with relevant stakeholders;
  • to ensure the UK view is given due consideration within the European Union, CEN, ISO and IEC;
  • to develop and support formal standards and other standardization documents in the area of nanotechnologies and to promote their use by industry and other stakeholders;
  • to ensure due consideration of the need for standards and standardization is given by UK nanotechnology networks and organisations, and to coordinate activities and actions in this area.
A range of documents have been published by BSI and are available for free download, including:

Terminology, Definitions & Classification

Characterisation

Exposure Assessment & Control

Safety & Risk Management Practices

Further documents are under development, which will be published on the BSI website in due course.

Did you know?

100 nm is the size below which the EU recommendation of the definition of nanomaterials applies.