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ISO Nanotechnologies TC 229 Meets in London

U.S. to convene Working Group on Health, Safety, and the Environment

New York, Nov 15, 2005

The inaugural meeting of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 229, Nanotechnologies, was held in London, November 9-11, 2005. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) assembled an impressive U.S. delegation led by Dr. Clayton Teague, chair of the ANSI-accredited U.S. Technical Advisory Group (U.S. TAG), and including representatives of industry, government, academia and the legal profession.

During the meeting it was decided that rather than employing a subcommittee structure, ISO/TC 229 will approach the development of International Standards for nanotechnology within three working groups: terminology and nomenclature; metrology and characterization; and health, safety and the environment. The working groups will be convened by Canada, Japan, and the United States, respectively. The U.S. delegation spearheaded preferred modifications to the committee’s technical scope of activity and secured a position on a key formative task force.

“The combination of excellent leadership, active participation by a broad base of nanotechnology experts, and ANSI’s collective expertise, ensured that the U.S. was able to successfully assume the international leadership role set as a goal at the onset of this activity just earlier this year,” said ANSI president and CEO Mark W. Hurwitz.

According to the committee’s scope, ISO/TC 229 will produce standards for classification, terminology and nomenclature, basic metrology, calibration and certification, and environmental issues related to Nanotechnology. It will also develop standardized test methods that will focus on physical, chemical, structural, and biological properties of materials or devices whose performance is critically dependent on one or more dimension of less than 100 nanometers.

The British Standards Institution (BSI) will serve as the chair and secretariat of the new committee. BSI hosted the inaugural meeting, which was attended by 22 national delegations from all over the world, including Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Japan, Republic of Korea, Sweden, Switzerland and the U.S. Future meetings of ISO/TC 229 are scheduled for June and November 2006.

For information on becoming a member of the U.S. TAG, contact Heather Benko, ANSI program administrator (; 212-642-4912).

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