Nanotechnologies and nanomaterials are being applied and used in many different areas such as: aerospace, chemical engineering and materials (plastics and composites, rubber, ceramics, metal alloys), energy production and storage (solar panels, batteries), environmental protection and management, healthcare and consumer products (cosmetics, sunscreens, toothpaste, food and beverages), ICT, manufacturing (tyres, textiles), and transport (electric vehicles).

In the framework of EC Mandate M/461, CEN has undertaken to develop a series of deliverables by the end of 2018 (including 9 European Standards and 7 Technical Specifications). This work is being coordinated by the Technical Committee on ‘Nanotechnologies’ (CEN/TC 352). Several other Technical Committees both at European level (CEN) and at international level (ISO and IEC) are directly involved in related standardization activities.

CEN/TC 352 is developing Technical Specifications in relation to various aspects of nanotechnologies, nanomaterials and manufactured nano-objects.

CEN/TC 137 ‘Assessment of workplace exposure to chemical and biological agents’ is developing a number of standards dealing with issues related to workplace exposure, including ultrafine aerosols and nano-aerosols, inhalation of nano-objects, dustiness of bulk nanomaterials, and dermal exposure to manufactured nanoparticles.

CEN/TC 195 ‘Air filters for general air cleaning’ is developing standardized test methods to measure the efficiency of air filtration media against spherical nanomaterials.

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