Inaugural Meeting of ISO Technical Committee on Nanotechnologies to be held 9-11 November at BSI in London

October 13, 2005

Geneva, 12 Oct 2005

The inaugural meeting of ISO technical committee ISO/TC 229, Nanotechnologies, the engineering of tiny machines on the nanometer scale (usually 0.1-100nm), will be held 9-11 November 2005 in London, United Kingdom.

The meeting is being organized by the British Standards Institution (BSI), which holds the Chair and Secretariat of ISO/TC 229, with support from the United Kingdom Government's Department of Trade and Industry (DTI). Key note speeches at the opening ceremony will be made by Lord Sainsbury, the Minister for Science and Innovation, Mike Low, Director of BSI British Standards, and Professor Mark Welland, of the Royal Society.

According to the committee's scope, ISO/TC 229 will produce standards for classification, terminology and nomenclature, basic metrology, calibration and certification, and environmental issues. Test methods will focus on physical, chemical, structural, and biological properties of materials or devices whose performance is critically dependent on one or more dimension less than 100 nm.

"The work of TC 229 will have such a significant impact on the way we all live and a major influence on commerce, helping business to act responsibly," says Mike Low, in the introduction to the meeting brochure.

This is the first time that international delegates of ISO/TC 229 will come together since the committee was established by the ISO Technical Management Board (TMB) at its June 2005 meeting.

International Organization for Standardization -- ISO
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