Why standards for nanotechnology are important

Standards will underpin the development and commercialization of nanotechnology, and aid efforts to ensure that this is done in an open, safe and responsible manner. Standards will support:

  • safety testing, legislation and regulation
  • worker, public and environmental safety
  • commercialisation and procurement
  • patenting and IPR
  • communication about the benefits, opportunities and potential problems associated with nanotechnologies.

This will be achieved by providing agreed ways of:

  • naming, describing and specifying things
  • measuring and testing things.

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