New ISO field of technical activity Biomimetics

Issue 28 – June 2011

Standards New Zealand is consulting with stakeholders about a potential new area of work for the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) on biomimetics. If approved, the scope for the work would include standardisation of biomimetic methods and approaches, incorporating the most recent results of research and development projects. 'Biomimetics' (also 'bionics' and 'biomimicry') is to be classified and defined, and a terminology developed. The limits and potentials of biomimetics as an innovation system or a sustainability strategy are to be explored.

Biomimetics is the examination of nature, its models, systems, processes, and elements to emulate or take inspiration from in order to solve human problems.

Standards New Zealand is consulting with key stakeholders to form the New Zealand view about whether this field of activity should go ahead at ISO. For more information, or to provide any comments on this proposal, please email by 5 August 2011.

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