Nanotechnology Standardization Initiative

Nanophase practices safe and responsible nanomaterial manufacturing and development of nanotechnology as it relates to the workplace and environment. To aid this process, Nanophase actively participates in various standardization initiatives aimed at developing common terminology, methodology, and general safe practices for nanotechnology.



ASTM Committee E56 on Nanotechnology was formed in 2005. This Committee addresses issues related to standards and guidance materials for nanotechnology & nanomaterials, as well as the coordination of existing ASTM standardization related to general nanotechnology needs.

Nanophase is an active voting member of the ASTM International nanotechnology committee (E56) since 2005, participating in the development of future international standards related to nanotechnology.

Nanoscale Materials Stewardship Program (NMSP)

In October 2006, the EPA launched a collaborative public process to design and develop this stewardship program. EPA finalized the design and format of the NMSP based on written public comments, comments received at the public meeting, and scientific peer consultations. In January 2008, the EPA launched the final NMSP and invited interested parties to participate in the program on a voluntary basis.

Nanophase has submitted data for Al2O3, CeO2, Fe2O3, and ZnO under the Basic Program. Nanophase is listed as a Submitter on EPA OPPT Nanotechnology under the TSCA website. Current NMSP Participants


U.S. Technical Advisory Groups (TAG) formulates positions and proposals on behalf of the United States with response to ISO standardization activities. The U.S. TAGs also provide delegates and experts to represent the United States at meetings of the respective ISO Technical Committees, Subcommittees and Working Groups.

Nanophase is an active voting member of the US Technical Advisory Group (TAG) since 2005, and is an active participant in developing future ISO standards related to nanotechnology.

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