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Establishing a process and a platform to support standardization for nanotechnologies implementing the STAIR approach

Final Report Summary - NANOSTAIR (Establishing a process and a platform to support standardization for nanotechnologies implementing the STAIR approach)

Executive Summary:
Standardization is one of the most adequate solutions to quickly capitalize and disseminate knowledge in “reference documents”, and have it implemented in the industry. It is very important in the field of nanotechnologies since the production of knowledge is very intensive. The overall objective of nanoSTAIR project was to build a sustainable process and platform in the field of nanotechnologies to support the transfer of knowledge gained through research to documentary standards in the context of the STAIR approach promoted by CEN-CENELEC.
The project was organized around several activities that boost the development of new documentary standards.
A mechanism has been set up to identify, with a bottom-up approach, the opportunities for standardization from the results of research projects, co-funded by the European Commission or by National Research Programmes. This mechanism has been established using existing networks and initiatives such as NanoSafetyCluster or NANOfutures, as well as the network of the national standardization bodies in the various Member States.
Then, the expression of the needs for standards from various stakeholders have been collected and resources from consortia sharing similar standardization opportunities have been pooled together to launch New Work Items Proposals (NWIP). The nanoSTAIR approach was verified during the project thanks to NWIP initiated. The consortium provided assistance to select the right standardization umbrella (Technical Committee and Working Group at CEN or ISO level)
As a result, nanoSTAIR provided a set of procedures, a tool box and a practical guideline that will be useful to bridge the gap between research and standardization in nanotechnologies. nanoSTAIR structured and eased the development of new documentary standards, and thus enable the European nanotechnology related industry to rapidly operate according to the state of the art and thus increase its competitiveness.