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Statement of Purpose

The Czech Society for Applied Photocatalysis was founded by organizations making use of the principle of photocatalysis in its various forms, chiefly those using titanium dioxide, for development of new technologies and products, and in order to create expertise that will guarantee that technologies and products have certain technical parameters and properties of use and respect existing regulations for public health, the environment and workplace safety.

Photocatalysis is one of the rapidly developing areas in the field of nanotechnology, which offers a great deal of hope for future development, but which also currently carries certain risks along with its practical application.

These risks are of two types.

The first is the onrushing development of new products using the principle of photocatalysis, such that a number of products are being brought to market whose useful properties are claimed by the manufacturer even though there is no possibility for objective and reliable determination of their veracity.

The second is undesirable effects these products may have on health and the environment, regulation of which would be provided by valid technical standards.

The fundamental goal of the activities of the Society is limiting these risks to an acceptable degree so that their extent will always be consistent with the level of scientific research in the field and will correspond to the requirements of valid technical standards.

Another important goal the Society will pursue is supporting the active participation of Czech experts in the preparation of international and European norms, motivated by an attempt to bring into the texts of those norms the experience and knowledge they have gained from systematic research in the area.

In order to fulfill the above programmatic goals, the Society intends to create and bring into practice a system for evaluation of products using the principle of photocatalysis.

This system is founded upon:

- establishment of technical standards (parameters) reflecting the main purposes of use, which a particular kind of product or application must meet,

- putting reliable and objective procedures into practice for testing of defined technical standards, based on use of proven testing procedures and methods according to valid technical norms,

- including standards resulting from technical norms among the technical standards to the extent and in the manner decided upon with agencies responsible for oversight of putting those precepts into practice.

Three committees of experts, for quality markings, testing and technical standards, are cooperating in the preparation of this system. The professional advisory body of the Society is its Scientific Council, composed mostly of representatives of scientific and research organizations. The Scientific Council and the Committees of Experts are open to all who have an interest in actively participating in the creation of the system, and participation is not dependent on membership in the Society.

Implementation of the system will make it possible, on the basis of objective testing, to issue a certificate attesting that a certain product meets established technical standards and conforms to the requirements of technical norms. It is expected in this way to facilitate the entry of new products onto the market for manufacturers and to provide verified information to end-users and consumers about their actual properties of use.

The Society will seek financing and expertise, with balanced support from both public and private sources, for involving itself in the creation of international and European norms, allowing long-term representation of the national interest as such norms are created in international and European organizations for standardization.

November 2013