The American National Standards Institute's Nanotechnology Standards Panel (ANSI-NSP) serves as the cross-sector coordinating body for the purposes of facilitating the development of standards in the area of nanotechnology including, but not limited to, nomenclature/terminology; health, safety and environmental aspects; materials properties; and testing, measurement and characterization procedures.
Nanotechnology, as defined by ISO/TC 229 Nanotechnologies, is the application of scientific knowledge to manipulate and control matter in the nanoscale (approximately 1 – 100 nm) in order to make use of size- and structure-dependent properties and phenomena, as distinct from those associated with individual atoms or molecules or with bulk materials. Encompassing nanoscale science, engineering and technology, nanotechnology involves imaging, measuring, modeling, and manipulating matter at this length scale.
The purpose of this ANSI-NSP Nanotechnology Standards Database is to capture information about standards and associated documents (standards, best practices, guidelines) that directly relate to nanomaterials and nanotechnology-related processes applications and products. Organizations, national bodies and other interested parties working in this space are asked to provide information about relevant projects for general dissemination and utilization.