ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, has announced formation of a subcommittee to develop standards for nanoparticle-enabled consumer products, such as goods that contain nanoscale silver. The new “Subcommittee on Nano-Enabled Consumer Products” (E56.06) will be part of “Committee 56 on Nanotechnology,” which was established in 2005 to develop standard terms, toxicity test methods, workplace handling guidance, and other voluntary standards for organizations working with nanoengineered materials. The term “nano-enabled” refers to devices on systems that use some aspect of nanotechnology to enhance their function.

ASTM seeks subcommittee members with expertise in analytical chemistry, measurement methods, textiles, consumer product safety, exposure assessment, and environmental chemistry. See ASTM Press Release, September 2010, and BNA Daily Environment Report, October 8, 2010.