Increased energy efficiency, a cleaner environment, more effective medical treatment and improved manufacturing production are just some of the potential benefits of nanotechnology. Working at a scale 10,000 times smaller than the thickness of a human hair, its potential is enormous and far reaching. 

As with many newly emerging technologies, there are still significant challenges to overcome in taking nanotechnology-enabled applications to market. Standards can help solve these problems at every stage in developing a product or service, from idea to implementation, defining crucial aspects of safety, reliability and quality.  Our standards and publications will help ensure that nanotechnology is developed and commercialized in an open, safe and responsible manner.