Nanotechnology vocabulary standard published


Nanotechnology materials have already found their way into consumer products and impact on many technology and industry sectors. This standard is intended to facilitate communications between organizations and individuals in industry and those who interact with them by providing terms and definitions related to core terms in the field of nanotechnologies.

CFA representative Elaine Attwood is a member of the Standards Australia Technical Committee NT-001 Nanotechnology, the Australian mirror committee to ISO TC 229 Nanotechnologies.  NT-001 contributed to the revision and development of this standard at the international level and its adoption and recent publication as an Australian Standard SA TS ISO 80004.1 Nanotechnologies – Vocabulary – Part 1: Core terms.  The standard is part of 13 in the series which deal with vocabulary in nanotechnology.

International standardisation will play a critical role in ensuring that the full potential of nanotechnology is realised and that nanotechnology is safely integrated into society. Standards will help create a smooth transition from the laboratory to the marketplace, promote progress along the nanotechnology value chain – from nanoscale materials that form the building blocks for components and devices to the integration of these devices into functional systems – and facilitate global trade.  Read more here

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