On 17 April 2013 the Nanotechnology Industries Association (NIA) officially became a Category A liaison member for the International Organization (ISO) for Standardization’s Technical Committee on Nanotechnologies (TC/229). Votes were cast by 30 of the committee’s members; there were 24 yes votes, which easily surpassed the 2/3 voting requirement.
According to ISO’s Directives, category A liaison organisation are ‘organizations that make an effective contribution to the work of the technical committee or subcommittee for questions dealt with by this technical committee or subcommittee. Such organizations are given access to all relevant documentation and are invited to meetings. They may nominate experts to participate in a WG’. ISO TC/229 must now ‘seek the full, and if possible, fomal backing […] [of NIA] for each document’ in which it is interested in, and ‘any comments […] should be given the same treatment as comments from member bodies’.
NIA will now also be able to propose new work items to ISO/TC 229, and can also ‘propose that an existing standard from any source be submitted for vote as an enquiry draft’.
Follow this link to view the ISO Directive document detailing category A liaison status.