Friday, December 20, 2013

Nano-Labeling for Well-Informed Consumers

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) has developed a document offering manufacturers, retailers and the packing industry guidelines for the voluntary labeling of their nanoproducts and products incorporating nanotechnology. New product labels will provide harmonized, reliable information on nanomaterials to help end-users make informed purchasing decisions. 

The ISO technical specification, ISO/TS 13830:2013,
Nanotechnologies — Guidance on voluntary labeling for consumer products containing manufactured nano-objects, provides guidance on the format and content of voluntary labels for consumer products containing manufactured nano-objects. Among other things, the document recommends placing the term "nano" on product labels. Such labeling will help clarify, align and harmonize the way information should be delivered to consumers.

For more information, visit the ISO website.