Standards

Canada, along with over 30 other countries, is actively participating in international standards development for nanotechnologies.

Research scientists, physicists, chemists, engineers, manufacturers, regulators, non-government organizations and an evolving base of users are developing science-based standards to build world markets for nanomaterials, nano-based components, and products.

Canadian Standards Association (CSA), accredited by Standards Council Canada (SCC), is the facilitator for Canada’s nanotechnology standards committee, the Nano CAC/CSC. This is a cohesive, country-wide national forum for discussion, input, and participation in international standards work.

In 2005, at the international standards level, Canada was named the convenor for one of four working groups of ISO/TC229, nanotechnologies:

- WG1, Terminology and Nomenclature, lead by Canada This is a highly visible role for Canada.

- WG2, Measurement and Characterization, convened by Japan

- WG3, Health, Safety and the Environment, convened by the United States,

- WG4, Material Specifications, convened by China.

The Electrotechnical Nanotechnologies committee, IEC/TC113 was also formed in 2006 for electronics matters.

Be involved in Standards!

If you are interested in becoming a Nano CAC/CSC (CAC ISO/TC229 or CSC IEC/TC113) member, or would like more information, please contact Brian Haydon, P. Eng., Canadian Standards Association at brian.haydon@csa.ca, or call 416‑747‑4006.


Published Canadian Standards

CSA Group, a leading standards development, testing and certification organization officially announced in 2012 Canada's first adopted International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standard on nanotechnologies.

CSA Z12885-12, Nanotechnologies- Exposure control program for engineered nanomaterials in occupational settings - You may consult this standard in our NanoQuébec office.

CAN/CSA-ISO/TR 12121:13 Nanotechnologies- Nanomaterial risk evaluation


For information on current or impending ISO and IEC standards:

ISO/TC229
Nanotechnologies

Nanotechnologies: Terminology and Nomenclature

TerminologyStatus as Feb 2014

ISO/TS 80004-1:2010
Nanotechnologies -- Vocabulary -- Part 1: Core terms
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Published 2010

ISO/TS 27687:2008
Nanotechnologies -- Terminology and definitions for nano-objects -- Nanoparticle, nanofibre and nanoplate (will be Vocabulary – Part 2 in next edition)
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Published 2008

- New edition in progress

ISO/TS 80004-3:2010
Nanotechnologies -- Vocabulary -- Part 3: Carbon nano-objects
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Published 2010

 

ISO/TS 80004-4:2011
Nanotechnologies -- Vocabulary -- Part 4: Nanostructured materials
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Published 2011

 

ISO/TS 80004-5:2011
Nanotechnologies -- Vocabulary -- Part 5: Nano/bio interface
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Published 2011

 

ISO/TS 80004-6:2013
Nanotechnologies -- Vocabulary -- Part 6: Nanoscale measurement and instrumentation
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Published 2013

ISO/TS 80004-7:2011
Nanotechnologies -- Vocabulary -- Part 7: Diagnostics and therapeutics for healthcare
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Published 2011

 

ISO/TS 80004-8:2013
Nanotechnologies -- Vocabulary -- Part 8: Nanomanufacturing processes
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Published 2013

ISO/TR 11360:2010
Nanotechnologies -- Methodology for the classification and categorization of nanomaterials
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Published 2010

 

ISO/TR 12802:2010
Nanotechnologies -- Model taxonomic framework for use in developing vocabularies -- Core concepts
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Published 2010

 

ISO/TR 17302
Nanotechnologies -- Framework for identifying vocabulary development for nanotechnology applications in human healthcare
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Approved for publishing

ISO/TR 18110
Nanotechnologies --Vocabularies for science, technology and innovation indicators
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Work in progress
ISO/TR 18401
Nanotechnologies --Plain language guide to vocabulary
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Work in progress
ISO/TS 80004-11
Vocabulary --Part 11: Nanolayer, nanocoatings, nanofilms and related items
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Work in progress
ISO/TS 80004-12
Vocabulary --Part 12: Quantum phenomena
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Work in progress
ISO/TS 80004-13
Vocabulary --Part 13: Graphene and other two dimensional materials
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Work in progress
NomenclatureStatus as Feb 2014

ISO/TR 14786:2014
Nanotechnologies -- Framework for nomenclature models for nano-objects
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Published 2014

Nanotechnologies: Measurement and Characterization

Measurement and Characterization
Status as Feb 2014

ISO/TS 10797:2012
Nanotubes -- Use of transmission electron microscopy (TEM) in walled carbon nanotubes (SWCNTs)
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Published 2012

ISO/TS 10798:2011
Nanotechnologies -- Characterization of single-wall carbon nanotubes using scanning electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry analysis
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Published 2011

 

ISO/TS 10867:2010
Nanotechnologies -- Characterization of single-wall carbon nanotubes using near infrared photoluminescence spectroscopy
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Published 2010

At systematic review-2014

 

ISO/TS 10868:2011
Nanotechnologies -- Characterization of single-wall carbon nanotubes using ultraviolet-visible-near infrared (UV-Vis-NIR) absorption spectroscopy
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Published 2011

ISO/TR 10929:2012
Characterization of multiwall carbon nanotube samples
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Published 2012

ISO/TS 11251:2010
Nanotechnologies -- Characterization of volatile components in single-wall carbon nanotube samples using evolved gas analysis/gas chromatograph-mass spectrometry
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Published 2010

At systematic review-2014

 

ISO/TS 11308:2011
Nanotechnologies -- Characterization of single-wall carbon nanotubes using thermogravimetric analysis
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Published 2011

ISO/TS 11888:2011
Nanotechnologies -- Characterization of multiwall carbon nanotubes -- Mesoscopic shape factors
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Published 2011

ISO/TS 12025:2012
Nanomaterials -- Quantification of nano-object release from powders by generation of aerosols
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Published 2012

ISO/TS 13278:2011
Nanotechnologies -- Determination of elemental impurities in samples of carbon nanotubes using inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry
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Published 2011

ISO/TS 16195:2013
Nanotechnologies -Guidance for developing nanoscale test materials in powder form for improving comparability
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Published 2013

ISO/TS 17466
Use of UV-Vis Absorption Spectroscopy in the Characterization of Cadmium Chacolgate Semiconductor Nanoparticles (Quantum Dots)

At Committee Draft ballot

ISO/TR 18196
Nanotechnologies-- Measurement method matrix for nano-objects
Committee Draft Approved
ISO/TR xxxxx
Nanoparticles-- Detection and characterization using single-particle ICP-MS
New work item proposal
ISO/TR xxxxx
Nanotechnologies-- Characterization of cellulose nanocrystals-- Particle morphology, purity and surface properties (Canada lead)
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Nanotechnologies - Health, Safety and Environment

Health Safety and Environment
Status as Feb 2014

ISO 29701:2010
Nanotechnologies -- Endotoxin test on nanomaterial samples for in vitro systems -- Limulus amebocyte lysate (LAL) test
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Published 2010

 

ISO 10801:2010
Nanotechnologies -- Generation of metal nanoparticles for inhalation toxicity testing using the evaporation/condensation method
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Published 2010

 

ISO 10808:2010
Nanotechnologies -- Characterization of nanoparticles in inhalation exposure chambers for inhalation toxicity testing
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Published 2010

 

ISO/TR 12885:2008 *
Health and safety practices in occupational settings relevant to nanotechnologies

* ISO/TR 12885:2008 has been adopted in Canada as CSA Z12885, Nanotechnologies — Exposure control program for engineered nanomaterials in occupational settings.
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Published 2008

 

 

 

ISO/TS 12901-1:2012
Nanotechnologies – Occupational risk management applied to engineered nanomaterials –
Part 1: Principles and approaches
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Published 2012

ISO/TS 12901-2:2014
Nanotechnologies - Occupational risk management applied to engineered nanomaterials –
Part 2: Use of the control banding approach
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Published 2014

ISO/TR 13014:2012
Nanotechnologies - Guidance on physico-chemical characterization of engineered nanoscale materials for toxicologic assessment
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Published 2012

ISO/TR 13121:2011
Nanotechnologies -- Nanomaterial risk evaluation - Canada adoption 2013
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Published 2011

ISO/TR 13329:2012
Nanotechnologies -- Preparation of Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)
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Published 2012

ISO/TS 13830:2013
Nanotechnologies -- Guidance on the voluntary labeling of consumer products
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Published 2013

ISO/TS 14101:2012
Surface characterization of gold nanoparticles for nanomaterial specific toxicity screening:
FT-IR method
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Published 2012

ISO/TR 16196
Nanotechnologies - Compilation and description of sample preparation methods and dosing considerations for engineered and manufactured nanomaterials
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At ballot

ISO/TR 16197
Nanotechnologies - Guidance on toxicological screening methods for manufactured nanomaterials
ISO/NP TR 16197

At ballot

ISO/TS 16550
Nanoparticles - Determination of muramic acid as a biomarker for silver nanoparticles activity
ISO/NP TS16550

At ballot

ISO/TS 18637
General framework for the development of occupational exposure limits for nano-objects and their aggregates and agglomerates
Work in progress
ISO/TS 18827
Nanotechnologies-- Comparing the toxic mechanism of synthesized zinc oxide nanomaterials by physicochemical characterization and reactive oxygen species properties
Work in progress
ISO/TS 19006
DCFH-DA assay for evaluating nanoparticle-induced intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) production
Work in progress
ISO/TS 19007
Modified MTS assay for measuring the effect of nanoparticles on cell viability
Work in progress
ISO/TS 19057
Nanotechnologies-- Use and application of cellular in vitro tests and methodologies to assess nanomaterial biodurability
Work in progress
ISO/TS xxxxx
Nanotechnologies-- Evaluation methods of the validity of nanomaterial working dispersions used for in vitro toxicity testing
New work item proposal

Nanotechnologies: Material Specification

Material Specification
Status as Feb 2014

ISO/TS 11931:2012
Nanotechnologies -- Nano-calcium carbonate -- Part 1: Characteristics and measurement methods
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Published 2012

ISO/TS 11937:2012
Nanotechnologies -- Nano-titanium dioxide -- Part 1: Characteristics and measurement methods
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Published 2012

ISO/TS 12805:2011
Nanotechnologies -- Materials specifications -- Guidance on specifying nano-objects
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Published 2011

ISO/TS 17200:2013
Nanotechnology -- Nanoparticles in powder form -- Characteristics and measurements
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Published 2013

Nanotechnologies: CEN-led projects

CEN-led projects
Status as Feb 2014

ISO/TR 11811:2012
Nanotechnologies -- Guidance on methods for nano- and microtribology measurements
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Published 2012


IEC/TC113
Nanotechnology standardization for electrical and electronic products and systems

Performance Assessment

Performance Assessment
Status as Feb 2014

IEC 62624Edition 1.0 (2009-08-04)
Test methods for measurement of electrical properties of carbon nanotubes
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Published 2009

 

IEC/PAS 62565-2-1Edition 1.0 (2011-03-25)
Nanomanufacturing - Material specifications - Part 2-1: Single-wall carbon nanotubes - Blank detail specification
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Published 2011

 

IEC/TS 62607-2-1:2012
Nanomanufacturing - Key control characteristics - Part 2-1: Carbon nanotube materials - Film resistance
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Published 2012

IEC/TR 62632 ed. 1.0
Nanoscale electrical contacts and interconnects
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Published 2013
IEC/TR 62834 ed. 1.0
IEC nanoelectronics Standardization Roadmap
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Published 2013
IEC/TR 62860 ed. 1.0
Test methods for the characterization of organic transistors and materials
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Published 2013
IEC/TR 62860-1 ed. 1.0
Test methods for the characterization of organic transistor-based ring oscillators
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Published 2013
IEC/TS 62565-3-1 ed. 1.0
Nanomanufacturing - Material specifications - Part 3-1: Graphene- Blank detail specification
Ballot approved
PNW/TS 113-174 ed. 1.0
IEC/TS 62607-4-3: Nanomanufacturing- Key control characteristics - Part 4-3: Electrodode coatings for lithium-ion batteries- Contact and coating resistivity measurements
Work in progress
PNW/TS 113-177 ed. 1.0
IEC/TS 62607-3-2: Nanomanufacturing- Key control characteristics - Part 3-2: Luminescent nanoparticules- Mass of quantum dot dispersion
At Committe draft ballot

IEC/TS 62607-3-1 ed. 1.0
Nanomanufacturing - Key control characteristics - Part 3-1: Luminescent nanoparticules-Quantum efficiency

CD ballot approved

IEC/TS 62607-4-1 Ed.1.0
Nanomanufacturing - Key control characteristics, Part 4-1:Cathode nanomaterials for lithium ion batteries- Electrochemical characterisation, 2-electrode cell method

At committe draft ballot

IEC/TS 62607-4-2 Ed.1.0 Nanomanufacturing - Material specifications, Part 4-2 Nano-enabled electrical energy storage - Physical characterization of nanomaterials, density measurement

New work item approved to proceed

IEC/TS 62659 Ed. 1.0
Large scale manufacturing of nanoelectronics

Work in progress

IEC/TS 62844 Ed. 1.0
Guidelines for quality and risk assessment for nano-enabled electrotechnical products
At committee draft ballot

PWI/TR 62565-1 Ed. 1.0
Nanomanufacturing - Material specifications, Part 1 - Basic concept

Potential new work item

PWI/113-72 Ed. 1.0
IEC 62565-3-2: Nanomanufacturing- Material specifications- Part 3-2 - Graphene- Detail specification for nano-ink
Potential new work item
PWI/113-73 Ed. 1.0
IEC 62565-4-1: Nanomanufacturing- Material specifications- Part 4-1 - Cadmium chalcogenide semiconductor nanoparticules (quantum dots)- Blank detail specification
Potential new work item
IEC 62565-4-2 Ed. 1.0
Nanomanufacturing - Material specifications, Part 4-2 - Luminescent nanomaterials- Detail specification for lighting applications
New work item approved to proceed
IEC 62876-2-1 Ed. 1.0
Nanotechnology- Reliability assessment, Part 2.1 - Nano-enabled photovoltaic devices- Stability test
New work item approved to proceed
PWI 62607-2-2 Ed. 1.0
PWI on IEC/TS 62607-2-2: Nanomanufacturing- Key control characteristics, Part 2.2 -Carbon nanotube materials- Electro-magnetic compatibility
Potential new work item

Nanotechnologies: Terminology / Measurement and Characterization

Terminology/Measurement and Characterization
Status as Feb 2014

PWI 80004-9 Ed. 1.0
Nanotechnologies - Vocabulary - Part 9: Electrotechnical products and systems
PWI 80004-9 Ed. 1.0

At committee Draft ballot

PWI/TS 80004-10 Ed. 1.0
Nanotechnologies - Vocabulary - Part 10: Photonic components and systems
PWI/TS 80004-10 Ed. 1.0

At committee Draft ballot

IEC/TS 62622:2012
Artificial gratings used in nanotechnology: Description and measurement of dimensional quality parameters
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Published 2012

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