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Since July 2005, the Foresight Nanotech Institute has participated as a member of ANSI's Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO Technical Committee 229, "Nanotechnologies" [1,2]. TC229 was established in 2005 to develop ISO standards, specifications, and technical reports on Nanotechnology. ANSI is the United States' representative body on the ISO council. Currently there are four Working Groups, both within the ANSI TAG and at the ISO level:
Initially, Dr. Forrest participated in WG2 as well as the general meetings. More recently there has been enough progress in the Terminology and Nomenclature front (WG1) to warrant more attention there and best represent Foresight's focus on nanosystems. Specifically:
The efforts of ANSI's WG1 were recently highlighted in the August 2008 issue of Nanotechnology Law Report .
It is important to note that ISO's efforts to bring definitions into ISO documents is a complex process involving as much cooperation, political savvy, tenacity, and international diplomacy as it does technical acumen. It is complicated by the fact that many of the terms have been in use for decades and have never had a consensus definition. The process is glacial: ISO has been at this for three years now and there is still no ratified definition of "Nanotechnology" let alone the myriad of other related terms. Foresight's continued presence and participation in the ISO process helps to maintain a focus on nanosystems, maintains our stature in the international Nanotechnology community as a leader in education and policy issues, and underscores our commitment to consensus standards as a cornerstone of responsible development of molecular nanotechnology.
 http://www.iso.org/iso/standards_development/technical_committees/list_o f_iso_technical_committees/iso_technical_committee.htm?commid=381983
 See the link to the August 2008 issue on this ANSI page, as well as related articles:
ANSI = American National Standards Institute
ISO = International Standards Organization
David R. Forrest, ScD, PE
Senior Fellow, Standards
Foresight Nanotech Institute