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NanoKTN event to map out future for 'nanomaterial'

By PRW Staff
Posted 28 February 2013

The Nanotechnology Knowledge Transfer Network (NanoKTN) is to host a joint event with the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) to assess developments and their subsequent implications on standards and regulations within the nanotechnology field.

The event, to take place on 19 March 2013 at the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) in Teddington, will hear feedback on the programme of developing international standards, gather opinions on the future direction of ISO/CEN/BSI committee activities and offer what NanoKTN called “a unique opportunity for attendees to influence what standards and legislation will affect future business”.

There will also be a discussion on the implications of the recent European Commission-recommended definition for ‘nanomaterial’.

The keynote presentation will be delivered by Simon Holland, the director of process understanding & control at GlaxoSmithKline and also the Chair of TC229 Committee on Nanotechnology, ISO International Organisation for Standardisation.

Dr James Johnstone, theme manager at the NanoKTN, said: “In the last few years national, European and international standards committees have been publishing a growing body of standards which are achieving a state of maturity.

“These documents will be used to facilitate trade, underpin good industrial practice and ensure that the technology is exploited in a safe and responsible manner.

“There are obviously trade opportunities and threats for the UK-based nanotechnology industry which emanate from such publications and their reference to legislation. We want to ensure that UK industry has a competitive advantage and voice in determining how nanotechnology should be regulated and standardised.”

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