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"It is widely acknowledged that the development and application of nanotechnologies could have far reaching implications for the future of mankind by supporting sustainability in the areas of agriculture, energy, health, manufacturing and resource utilisation. But it is also widely recognised that achieving such outcomes will require the public to be assured that the potential benefits of such activities far outweigh any risks they might pose. Whilst the development of consensus based standards is not usually seen as something of particular interest to members of the public, this comprehensive, informative and well constructed book demonstrates that the dynamic and at times ground breaking work being undertaken on standardization for nanotechnologies by various national and international agencies will help to provide both the foundation on which public assurance can be built together with the critical support structures for the successful development and application of nanotechnologies. The book provides a valuable and detailed overview of current activities and issues relevant to the area as well as a useful summary of the short history of standardization for nanotechnologies and the somewhat longer history of standardization in general. I have no hesitation in recommending this book to anyone with an interest in nanotechnologies whether it be from a technical or societal perspective."
--Dr. Peter Hatto, Director of Research, Ionbond Limited, Durham, UK