CEN, CENELEC and ETSI have received a mandate by European Commission to provide standardisation deliverables regarding nanotechnologies and nanomaterials. The mandated work will be carried out within CEN/TC 352 and AFNOR will deal with the administrative management of the standardization work.
Nanotechnologies are a rapidly developing field of science, technology and innovation. As enabling technologies, their full scope of applications is potentially very wide. Major implications are expected in areas such as health care, information and communication technologies, energy production and storage, materials science/chemical engineering, manufacturing, environmental protection, consumer products. Given the interests at stake, the European Commission has set out a European Strategy for Nanotechnologies, based on a «safe, integrated and responsible» approach. One of the building blocks of the “safe, integrated and responsible” approach is standardization.
Through resolution BTC 98/2010, CEN Technical Board accepted M/461 Standardization Mandate to CEN, CENLEC and ETSI for standardisation activities regarding nanotechnologies and nanomaterials.
M/461 followed the report and proposal submitted jointly by CEN, CENELEC and ETSI in response to M/409 for the elaboration of a programme of standards to take into account the specific properties of nanotechnology and nanomaterials and drafted by CEN/TC 352 Nanotechnologies.
M/461 requests CEN, CENELEC and ETSI to develop the standardization deliverables listed in Annexes I and II of the mandate M/461 in the following areas:
A first evaluation of the mandate indicates that several CEN as well as ISO Technical Committees will be involved in the work to be executed, furthermore that the European Standardization Organizations (ESOs) are requested to take into account on-going pre-and co-normative research and development and co-ordinate their initiatives in order to avoid any duplication of work as well as to establish appropriate links with relevant European Technology Platforms (ETPs) and therefore a high level of coordination is needed for the execution of the mandate.
Established in 1961, CEN (European Standardization Committee) operates on a decentralised system covering a network of its 32 national members with a central secretariat, the CEN/CENELEC Management Centre (CCMC). The European Committee for Standardization (CEN) is a business facilitator in Europe, removing trade barriers for European industry and consumers. Its mission is to foster the European economy in global trading, the welfare of European citizens and the environment. Through its services it provides a platform for the development of European Standards and other technical specifications.
AFNOR is the French member of the National Standardisation Bodies represented at the European and international level. AFNOR detains the Secretariat of CEN/TC 352 "Nanotechnologies".
The mandated work will be carried out within CEN/TC 352 and AFNOR will deal with the administrative management of the standardization work.
Candidates interested to take over:
are invited to send tenders (by mail or email) to the secretary of CEN/TC 352 Nanotechnologies, Mr. Patrice Conner ( email@example.com – Groupe AFNOR - Département Services, Management et Consommation - 11 rue Francis de Pressensé - F - 93571 La Plaine Saint-Denis Cedex) as soon as possible and at the latest by 9 July 2012.
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