A summary of the progress being made in Europe towards the provision of standards for advanced technical ceramics is given. Under CEN Technical Committee 184, working groups have been preparing more than 40 standards in the areas of classification, powders, monolithic ceramics, long-fibre composites and ceramic coatings. The target date for this work was the end of 1992. Considerable progress has been made, and by the end of 1993, most of these should have been published. It is hoped that the formation of this standards base will improve the quality of testing and the reliability of property data on this class of materials, and thus improve confidence in their use as engineering materials.

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