On 19 March 2013, NIA co-hosted an event entitled Current Developments in Standards and Regulation for Nanotechnologies with the Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) at the UK's National Physics Laboratory's (NPL) facilities in Teddington, United Kingdom.
This one-day workshop attracted 33 high-profile individuals. It 'highlighted various ways in which nanotechnology companies can contribute to the standardisation process with information on its benefits for research, development and commercialisation of nanotechnology' and 'brought together experts and representatives of the nanotechnology standardisation committees and companies that have working experience in the field'. The aim of the event 'was to highlight the various ways in which UK companies that are enabled by nanotechnology can contribute to the standardisation process with information on its benefits for research, development and commercialisation of nanotechnology'.
In breakout sessions, attendants were invited to formulate answers to the following questions:
- 'What new standards and practical test methodologies need to be developed to support product development?
- What new nanoscale technologies need standardisation in the short to medium term (up to 5 years)?
- How can the current standards portfolio be disseminated effectively and UK industry encouraged to participate in development?
- Is there scope for more facilitated and collaborative standards making, i.e. workshop agreements or inter-laboratory comparisons?'
During the day attendees were given an overview of work done by the nanotechnology-relevant standardisation committees at the International Organization for Standarization (ISO) and the European Committee for Standardization (CEN), namely ISO/TC 229 and CEN/TC 352. Speakers 'encouraged individuals from companies in the room to get involved in the standardisation process and come forward with proposals. They also demonstrated ways it was possible [to take part in the process] for companies of all sizes and at all stages of a nanotechnology supply chain'.