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Nanotechnology Survey Launched to Assess Industry Needs

New York, Apr 25, 2006

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced today the launch of a survey developed by the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (U.S. TAG) to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 229 Nanotechnologies. Input from the survey will help to shape the U.S. position on international standardization activities in nanotechnology. The survey asks U.S. industry stakeholders to identify market needs and areas of standardization that they believe will lead to the commercialization of nanotechnology applications.

“It is important to know the needs of the companies involved with nanotechnology because ultimately, the U.S. TAG’s goal is to develop standards that will foster growth in the industry,” said Joseph Clark, co-creator of the survey. “By reaching out to industry stakeholders while standardization efforts are in their infancy, the U.S. TAG can help avoid standards that are unnecessary or that burden, rather than aid, commerce.”

The U.S. TAG to ISO TC 229 is a cross-sector group representing industry, academia, government, and non-governmental organizations. Primary areas of focus include nanotechnology terminology and nomenclature; metrology, characterization, and instrumentation; and health, safety, and environment practices.

All nanotechnology industry stakeholders are encouraged to respond. Survey responses will be held strictly confidential.

In 2004, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) established the ANSI Nanotechnology Standards Panel (ANSI-NSP) to coordinate and promote the development of voluntary, consensus standards for nanotechnology applications.

For information on becoming a member of the U.S. TAG or the ANSI-NSP, contact Heather Benko, standards administrator (; 212.642.4912).

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