Standards Development Activities

International standards have the potential to remove trade barriers, harmonize research and development activities, and contribute to development of regulations by national and international bodies. As government, academic and industrial research and development organizations endeavor to understand and develop nanocellulose-based products for multiple industrial sectors; the need for international standards for cellulose nanomaterials is necessary.

The information and links below provide an overview of some of the ongoing activities in this area.

ISO Standards Development Activities

ISO TC 229 Nanotechnologies
  • Technical Report- Charaterization of Cellulose Nanocrystals: TC 229 -JWG2 is developing a Technical Report that reviews commonly used methods for the characterization of cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs), including sample preparation, measurement methods and data analysis.  Selected measurands for characterization of CNCs for commercial production and applications are covered.  These include CNC composition, morphology and surface characteristics.
  • Technical Specification on Terminology- Cellulose Nanomaterials: TC 229 JWG1 is developing a technical specification on standard terms for cellulose nanomaterials.   This proposed specification aims at establishing a standard glossary and definitions for cellulose nanomaterials such as cellulose nanocrystals and cellulose nanofibrils. The definitions will be applicable to all types of cellulose nanomaterials regardless of their production methods, manufactures, enabled products, and origin (e.g such as plants, animals, algae or bacteria).
ISO TC 6 Pulp, paper and board
  • Standards on cellulose nanomaterials are being addressed within a special task group within TC6.  Task Group 1 (TG1) Cellulosic Nanomaterials is a group of 22 experts from 11 countries that has been tasked to: 1) identify ISO projects (TR,TS, standards on cellulosic nanomaterials and advise on which working group shall lead them.  2) to examine the possibility of including cellulosic nanomaterials specificity factors in existing TC6 standards when they come up for systematic reviews. 
  • Summary of international activities on Cellulose Nanomaterials: 

TAPPI Standards Development Activities

Terminology Standard
Environmental, Health and Safety Standards

Available Standards & Road Maps

CSA Standard Z5100-14, Cellulosic nanomaterials — Test methods for characterization

The first Standard on Cellulosic Nanomaterials has been developed in Canada by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) Group Technical Committee (TC) on Cellulosic Nanomaterials. Published in 2014, this standard can be purchased at the CSA Group. The TC was formed in early 2013 with volunteer membership from multiple stakeholders.

This national Standard provides a consolidated set of test methods to characterize base cellulosic nanomaterials, specifically cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs) and cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs). Over twenty test methods are provided, grouped into categories of purity, morphology, and physical and chemical properties. It is the first in a series of standards on cellulosic nanomaterials intended to serve as a foundation for the development of both Canadian and international standards to facilitate introduction of cellulosic nanomaterials into global markets. This Standard does not cover the characterization of cellulose microfibrils (CMFs), cellulose microcrystals (CMCs) or cellulosic nanomaterial enabled products. 

2011 Roadmap for the Development of International Standards For Nanocellulose:

This Roadmap is a result of a 2011 International Standards Workshop held on June 9, 2011 in Washington, D.C. The Roadmap was written by a team of global experts following in-depth break-out sessions conducted at the workshop.