Information And Communications Technology

ICT - Overview - Standards - Text

At the international level, the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) is responsible for the standardisation of nanotechnologies with its TC 229. ISO/TC 229 Nanotechnologies has not directly addressed ICT in its work. The TC has however worked on substances used in such products such as carbon nano-objects that were defined in ISO/TS 80004-3:2010 and supported by a series of characterisation documents.

In Europe, the European Committee for Standardisation committee on nanotechnology (CEN/TC 352) has not developed standards relevant to the ICT sector but it does cover ICT and nanotechnology more generally through its working group on health safety and environmental aspects.

ICT is addressed by International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) in IEC/TC113 – Nanotechnology standardisation for electrical and electronic products and systems. The Technical committee has participated to joint terminology work with ISO/TC 229 and has also produced technical specifications on key control characteristics for the manufacturing of electronics at the nanoscale (IEC 62607 series). On EHS aspects, the IEC/TC 113 is currently developing Guidelines for quality and risk assessment for nano-enabled electrotechnical products (IEC/TS 62844).

IEC/TC 113 is mirrored in Europe by the European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization (CENELEC) committee CLC/SR 113; this committee has not produced standardisation documents.

While standardisation bodies have nanotechnology committees, nanotechnologies are cross-sectoral and are therefore relevant in other specific TCs of ISO. The EU FP7 project NanoSTAIR identified all ISO/TCs working with nanotechnologies.