European Standards Organisations

European Standards Organisations develop standards over the European continent, under this name operate the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC). These organisations cover the soon-to-be 28 European Union member states and includes states from the European Free Trade Association (Iceland, Norway and Switzerland) plus Macedonia and Turkey. Transposition of CEN/CENELEC standards into national standards is mandatory to the member states of these regional standards organisations.

European Committee for Standardisation (CEN)

The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) established a Technical Committee devoted to Nanotechnologies (CEN/TC 352 'Nanotechnologies') in 2005. CEN/TC 352 is currently under the secretary of the French Standardisation Agency (AFNOR) has three Working Groups:

  • WG1 Measurement, characterization and performance evaluation
  • WG2 Commercial and other stakeholder aspects 
  • WG3 Health, safety and environmental aspects

You can follow this link to the full catalogue of published standards of CEN/TC 352 and this link to the current standards under development.

European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC)

The European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) focuses on electrotechnical matters. CLC/SR 113 is CENELEC's technical body on "Nanotechnology standardization for electrical and electronics products and systems".


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EFSA publishes updated Guidance on nanotechnology in food and feed

On July 4, EFSA published its 'Guidance on risk assessment of the application of nanoscience and nanotechnologies in the food and feed chain: Part 1, human and animal health'. The guidance was earlier this year out for public consultation, and it now enters a 'pilot phase' until the end of 2019. 

This guidance focus on human and animal healt aspects of products in the whole food chain. In 2019 EFSA foresee the publication of a second part, related to environmental aspects. 

Safe by Design workshop slides published

NIA was part of a multi-project consortium that delivered the 2 day workshop "Nanomaterials: Industrial workshop on Safe by Design" in Bilbao on April 24-25, managed by the project Nanogentools.

Projects dedicated to building the concept and tools behind Safe by Design came together, including: