Nanotech standards & regulation developments


National Physical Laboratory, Teddington.

NanoKTN and Nano Industry Association are to hold a joint seminar at the National Plysical Labortory in Teddington. It will focus, elaborate and debate recent developments and their subsequent implications for standards and regulations within the nanotechnology field, whilst recognising that UK industry needs greater transparency. This event will also provide a unique opportunity for attendees to influence what standards and legislation will affect future business.

The seminar will also consider  the identification of new opportunities to develop new/additional strategic standards in support of UK business development

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN ), one of the UK’s primary knowledge-based networks for Micro and Nanotechnologies, is pleased to announce details of a joint event it is holding together with the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA).

Attendees will listen to feedback on the programme of developing international standards and the seminar will gather their opinions on the future direction of ISO/CEN/BSI committee activities, thereby giving a competitive advantage and voice to UK industry in determining how nanotechnology should be standardised. Additionally there is to be a discussion on the implications of the recent EC recommended definition for ‘nanomaterial’.

Nanomaterial: means a material that meets at least one of the following criteria:

  • consists of particles, with one or more external dimensions in the size range 1 nm
  • 100 nm for more than 1 % of their number size distribution;
  •  has internal or surface structures in one or more dimensions in size range 1 nm – 100nm  
  •  has a specific surface area by volume greater than 60 m2 /cm3
  • excluding materials consisting of particles with a size lower than 1 nm.
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