Who we are

Established in 2014, the NSAI Biotechnology Standards Consultative Committee is the national forum for stakeholders in Ireland to keep up to date with international standard development in the field of Biotechnology. Outputs from the standardization efforts will facilitate technological development, support national and international competitiveness, contribute to the predictability of the regulatory environment, support the exchange of goods and services through the elimination of technical barriers to trade and support market access.

What is our key role

iso-logoA key role of the committee is to monitor and participate in the work of ISO Technical Committee (TC) 276 – Biotechnology, ensuring Irish interests are represented and to advise NSAI on the development and approvals of standards in this field. The NSAI Biotechnology Standards Consultative Committee plays an important role in ensuring national stakeholders are informed about the development of relevant international standards in the field of biotechnology – ensuring Irish stakeholders are aware of international standards which can improve market access and contribute to competitiveness.

How we do it

  • Ensure national experts can have access to international working groups and working documents
  • Nominate national experts to get involved in relevant international working groups
  • Monitor output of ISO TC 276 to ensure national interests are addressed
  • Provide comment and national input on the development of international standards to ensure national stakeholders are not disadvantaged
  • Keep national stakeholder informed of relevant international biotechnology standards information in the field

Why get involved

  • Keep up to date on the development of international biotechnology standards
  • Be in a position to influence the development of international standards
  • Network with other experts nationally and internationally
  • Be aware of new standard requirements before they become available and/or mandatory
  • Opportunity to get involved in the work of the international working groups become an expert in international biotechnology standards

There are a number of working groups established to look at standards in the following areas:

  • Terminology
  • Biobanks & bioresources
  • Analytical methods
  • Bioprocessing
  • Data processing & integration

What is expected of members that get involved

  • To be experienced experts currently working in the field and/or to be representatives of relevant trade associations or other networks
  • Attend committee meetings 3-4 times a year and contribute to the development of national positions
  • Review and comment on technical content of draft standards being developed
  • Participate in dissemination of information nationally regarding biotechnology standard development

If you wish to get involved in this Standards Committee please contact

Linda Hendy, NSAI (Secretary) – Linda.Hendy@nsai.ie

Dr Suzanne Bracken, Clinical Research Development Ireland (Chair) – suzanne.bracken@crdi.ie