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ASTM International

ASTM_200ASTM Committee E56 on Nanotechnology was formed in 2005 and addresses issues related to standards and guidance materials for nanotechnology & nanomaterials, as well as the coordination of existing ASTM standardization related to nanotechnology needs. This coordination includes the apportioning of specific requests for nanotechnology standards through ASTM's existing committee base, as well as the maintenance of appropriate global liaison relationships with activities (internal and external) related to this subject area.  It has a number of sub-committees, including E56.01 addressing informatics and terminology, E56.02 addressing physical and chemical characterisation, E56.03 addressing Environment, Health and Safety, E56.06 on nano-enabled consumer products, and E56.07 addressing education and workforce development.

Active standards under the jurisdiction of E56.01 (Informatics):

  • E2456-06(2012) Standard Terminology Relating to Nanotechnology
  • E2909-13 Standard Guide for Investigation/Study/Assay Tab-Delimited Format for Nanotechnologies (ISA-TAB-Nano): Standard File Format for the Submission and Exchange of Data on Nanomaterials and Characterizations

Active standards under the jurisdiction of E56.02 (Characterisation):

  • E2490-09(2015) Standard Guide for Measurement of Particle Size Distribution of Nanomaterials in Suspension by Photon Correlation Spectroscopy (PCS)
  • E2578-07(2012) Standard Practice for Calculation of Mean Sizes/Diameters and Standard Deviations of Particle Size Distributions
  • E2834-12(2018) Standard Guide for Measurement of Particle Size Distribution of Nanomaterials in Suspension by Nanoparticle Tracking Analysis (NTA)
  • E2859-11(2017) Standard Guide for Size Measurement of Nanoparticles Using Atomic Force Microscopy
  • E2864-13 Standard Test Method for Airborne Metal and Metal Oxide Nanoparticle Surface Area Concentration in Inhalation Exposure Chambers using Krypton Gas Adsorption
  • E2865-12(2018) Standard Guide for Measurement of Electrophoretic Mobility and Zeta Potential of Nanosized Biological Materials

Active standards under the jurisdiction of E56.03 (EHS):

  • E2524-08(2013) Standard Test Method for Analysis of Hemolytic Properties of Nanoparticle
  • E2525-08(2013) Standard Test Method for Evaluation of the Effect of Nanoparticulate Materials on the Formation of Mouse Granulocyte-Macrophage Colonies
  • E2526-08(2013) Standard Test Method for Evaluation of Cytotoxicity of Nanoparticulate Materials in Porcine Kidney Cells and Human Hepatocarcinoma Cells
  • E2535-07(2013) Standard Guide for Handling Unbound Engineered Nanoscale Particles in Occupational Settings

Active standards under the jurisdiction of E56.06 (Nano-enabled Consumer Products):

  • E3025-16 Standard Guide for Tiered Approach to Detection and Characterization of Silver Nanomaterials in Textiles

Active standards under the jurisdiction of E56.07 (Education & Workforce Development):

  • E3001-15 Standard Practice for Workforce Education in Nanotechnology Characterization
  • E2996-15 Standard Guide for Workforce Education in Nanotechnology Health and Safety

Did you know?

MWCNT-7 is classified by IARC as ‘possibly carcinogenic to humans’ (Group 2B).