The British Standards Institution (BSI) has submitted
to the International Organization for Standardization
(ISO) a proposal for a new field of ISO technical activity
The scope of the proposal identifies
specific standardization tasks in the field of nanotechnologies
such as classification, terminology and nomenclature,
basic metrology, characterization, including calibration
and certification, risk and environmental issues.
Test methods include approaches for determining physical,
chemical, structural and biological properties of
materials or devices for which the performance, in
the chosen application, is critically dependent on
one or more dimension of <100nm. Test methods for
applications, and product standards shall come within
the scope of the Technical Committee.
Action is underway for the ANSI ISO
Council (AIC) to approve the ANSI Nanotechnology Standards
Panel (ANSI-NSP) Steering Committee to act as an Interim
Advisory Group to the AIC. The ANSI-NSP currently
serves as the cross-sector coordinating body for standards
in the area of nanotechnology and provides the forum
within which stakeholders can work cooperatively to
promote, accelerate, and coordinate the timely development
of useful voluntary consensus standards.
As an Interim Advisory Group, the
ANSI-NSP Steering Committee will consider all comments
received on the proposal and develop a recommended
ANSI position for AIC approval. To review and comment
on the proposal, please contact Steven Cornish, ANSI
international policy director (firstname.lastname@example.org)
by close of business on Friday, February 25, 2005.
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