Nanomaterials test guidelines, standards, and regulatory assessments

Test guidelines

Producing, testing and regulating nanomaterials requires nationally and internationally agreed test guidelines as well as technical standards to be used.

These guidelines and standards describe the requirements for performing technical tasks, including how to conduct safety studies or measure substance properties in a uniform and repeatable manner.

Many different bodies, such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and European Committee for Standardization (CEN) have been involved in producing these standards. National standardisation bodies both within and outside the EU have also contributed to the work.

Although there are many test guidelines and standards available for technical tasks, in some cases, they need to be adapted specifically for nanomaterials.  As one of the key tasks of EUON is to provide information to those dealing with nanomaterials, this web page contains a list of standards that have been specifically adapted to nanomaterials.

This page also lists any European regulatory assessments and scientific opinions from EU agencies or scientific committees related to substances available as nanoforms. The lists below will be updated regularly as new items are published. Note that while some of the standards are publicly available, others need to be purchased.