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European NanoBusiness Association Workshop Calls For Tighter Nanotube Standards

The minutes of the second European NanoBusiness Association workshop on Standardization for Carbon Nanotubes took place in Vienna on 28th and 29th April, and the meeting minutes are now available online at http://www.nanoeurope.org

Executive Director, Dr. Cristina Roman commented "the lack of common standards is affecting the ability of industry to make use of carbon nanomaterials. Regulatory bodies are encountering similar problems, raising the real possibility that one size fits all' regulations will be applied to nanomaterials with widely differing properties." The workshop, attended by CNT producers, consumers and standards bodies from the EU, US and Japan concluded that producers of carbon nanomaterials should adopt a common format for Material Data Sheets to include information about the physical properties of the material. The properties should be measured though standardised methods, in order that that end users would be able to easily find the information they need and to compare materials from different producers. The meeting also examined issues relating to risk management and recommendations for safe handling of materials. The next meeting will be organised by the European NanoBusiness Association (ENA) and the Universidad Complutense in Madrid (Spain) on the 27-28 October 2005. Participation is open to all related parties (CNT manufacturers, end users, researchers, associations, standardisation bodies). To participate, please contact us at e-mail: info@nanoeurope.org For more information visit http://www.nanoeurope.org or contact Cristina Roman on +34 91 640 74 40About the European NanoBusiness Association,The ENA is a Brussels based non-profit organisation formed in 2002 to ensure that Europe has a dynamic and competitive nanotechnology based industry. The aims of the association are to: ? Discuss and promote the development industry based nanotechnologies ? Identify and address continent wide issues holding back the adoption of nanotechnologies ? Identify and promote nanotechnologies which have an impact ion European competitiveness ? Connect its members with the local and global nanotechnology community ? Monitor and benchmark Europe's competitive position in relation to the building and commercialisation of nanotechnologies