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September 29, 2008

ISO Announces First Globally Harmonized Definitions of Nanotechnology Terms

Lynn L. Bergeson

On September 25, 2008, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) announced the availability of ISO/TS 27687:2008, Nanotechnologies — Terminology and Definitions for Nano-Objects — Nanoparticle, Nanofibre and Nanoplate, which provides terms and definitions related to particles in the field of nanotechnologies. ISO states that it is “intended to facilitate communications between organizations and individuals in industry and those who interact with them.” The document is the first part of a projected series on terminology and definitions documents covering the different aspects of nanotechnologies.