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The International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) technical committee on nanotechnologies, ISO/TC 229 Nanotechnologies, has not directly addressed construction in its work.

However, at ISO level, a number of technical committees cover areas linked to construction. The main committees are: ISO/TC 59 Buildings and civil engineering works, ISO/TC 195 Building construction machinery and equipment, and ISO/TC 205 Building environment design. Standards covering construction developed in these and other technical committees are gathered under the International Classification for Standards (ICS) code 91: Construction materials and building. At the moment, however, these do not provide for the use of nanotechnologies in these products.

In Europe, the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) committee on nanotechnology (CEN/TC 352) is currently working on a technical report dealing with the construction sector. Tentatively entitled: ‘Manufactured nanomaterials (MNMs) in the construction industry. Guidelines for occupational risk management’ this project is being developed under Working Group 3: Health, safety and environmental aspects. It originates from the SCAFFOLD[1] project of the European Union Seventh Framework Programme for Research (FP7), which aimed to develop ‘innovative strategies, methods and tools for occupational risks management of manufactured nanomaterials in the construction industry’. The project produced a toolkit for risk management and is looking to translate its findings into a standardised guidance document.

Over 80 technical committees are dealing with construction at CEN[2]. However, these have not yet produced standards dealing with the use of nanotechnology in construction.


[2] See CEN website: