"Nanomaterials" standard cell

Sirris offers to centralise and monitor the evolution of regulations and standardisation in the rapidly developing field of nanomaterials and to support companies in the interpretation of these documents for their industrial purposes.

Nanosciences and nanotechnologies represent a very important area of innovation in the fields of energy, safety and drinking water, amongst others.

Nanoparticles play an increasing role as additives (in composites, coatings, fuels, cosmetics, etc ). The growth of consumer goods containing manufactured nanoparticles raises concerns with regard to both their societal impact and more specifically in relation to health and the environment.

The question of characterisation, control and risk assessments related to these products is therefore relevant.

This poses a complex issue from both a regulatory and a standardisation perspective which involves several players: ISO, CEN, OCDE, ECHA, national and European bodies, etc.

It is in this framework of rapid development in the fields of technology, products, standards and regulations that the Standard Cell was instituted in a jointly financed initiative by SPF Economie and NBN.

Sirris and CRIBC work in partnership on this project for which the objectives include:

  • centralising and monitoring the evolution of regulation and standardisation in this rapidly developing field
  • making a centralised information source available to companies, and SMEs in particular that may not necessarily have the funds to invest in continued standard and regulatory monitoring. This central information repository brings together standards and regulations from the field of nanomaterials concerning characterisation, health, safety and the environment 
  • assisting companies in the interpretation of these documents (both standards and regulations) in order to facilitate the implementation thereof for industrial purposes.

A form has been drafted to ascertain the needs of businesses in the field of standardisation and regulation. This form can be accessed on simple request.