The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) have published their 2014 work programme for European Standardization and related activities. Amongst other topics, the document contains a section outlining what work will be done on nanotechnologies.
CEN is set to ‘continue to develop standardization activities regarding nanotechnologies and nanomaterials, working in close cooperation with ISO [International Organization for Standardization] and the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre’. It will also ‘organize a conference to present the first outcomes of ongoing standardization activities in this area, and to encourage and facilitate the involvement of relevant stakeholders’.
According to the programme, in 2010 the EC issued mandate M/461 requiring CEN to deliver 10 European Standards and 6 Technical Specifications by 2018. This work cover is being coordinated to CEN/TC 352 and covers:
- Methodologies for nanomaterial characterization
- Sampling and measurement of exposure to nanomaterials
- Methods to simulate exposure to nanomaterials
- HS&E [health, safety and the environment]
Follow this link to read the full CEN/CENELEC 2014 work programme.