PAS 71

Vocabulary. Nanoparticles

This Publicly Available Specification (PAS) was commissioned by the UK Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) in collaboration with the British Standards Institution (BSI) for the purposes of developing and encouraging the use of a common language for nanoparticle technologies.

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What is Nanotechnology?

Nanotechnology is an emergent area that is developing quickly and is the branch of science and engineering that studies and exploits the unique behaviour of materials at a scale of 1 - 100 nanometres.

Why was PAS 71:2011 commissioned?

This PAS was commissioned in response to demands by UK industry to establish standards for the future and to bring together the current disparate vocabularies of nanoparticle technologies. A universally understood and accepted vocabulary is fundamental for scientists, industry, business, retail and consumer sectors to exploit scientific developments in the future. It will help ensure the UK maintains a leading position in the development, application and exploitation of this key emerging technologies.

PAS 71:2011 will inform further developments and discussions in other formal nanotechnology standards.

What is the Remit of PAS 71:2011?

  • To document and comment on the current use of basic nanoparticle terms and definitions
  • To give recommendations for use as required
  • To define terms used in common production methods and analytical techniques currently employed by those working with nanoparticles

It does not cover nomenclature systems for nanoparticle  materials.

What is a PAS?

The difference between a PAS and a full British, European or International Standard, is that a PAS is created in a consultative process across industry rather than gaining the full consensus of a selected technical committee. This PAS will be withdrawn once it is superseded by a full consensus document on the subject, which is currently under development in ISO/TC 229.

ISBN: 978 0 580 70137 5 

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