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Workshop on Enabling Standards for Nanomaterial Characterization

This workshop program has several objectives:

  • Disseminate findings from three recent interlaboratory studies based on ASTM standards (E2524, E2526, and WK8705) and using the recently released NIST nanosize gold reference materials and two PAMAM dendrimers.
  • Assessment of current activities on standardization for nanomaterial characterization, development of nanoscale reference materials, and prioritization of standards needs for physicochemical, in vitro and in vivo characterization and risk assessment.
  • Formation of an international network of qualified and willing testing laboratories to facilitate future interlaboratory studies and protocol development
  • Demonstration and deployment of prototype software for electronic development of pre-standards protocols and for management of interlaboratory studies to support standards and protocol development
  • Prioritization and generation of projects by the workshop participants to develop several new protocols and interlaboratory studies
  • Establishment of preliminary guidelines for the operation and management of the testing laboratory network and interactive electronic portal
Press Releases

Nanotechnology Now - 19 October 2008

NIST Press Release - 12 Nov 2008

Medical News Today article

Bio-Medicine article


ASTM International
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory (NCL) at NCI-Frederick
National Cancer Institute (NCI)National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS)
National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Oregon Nanoscience and Microtechnologies Institute (ONAMI)


Created November 20, 2008, Updated May 13, 2016