The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is seeking feedback on ISO’s proposal for the development of a new standards committee on Lithium. The purpose of this inquiry is to consult with Canadian stakeholders to develop a national position on the proposal, and to determine if there is interest in participating in the work should it be approved.
Purpose and justification for new field of activity
Lithium is the lightest alkali metal element and has been widely used in the traditional industrial fields such as glass, ceramics, petrochemical, metallurgy, textile, synthetic rubber, lubricating materials and medical treatment. In recent years, the application of lithium in the field of battery energy, aerospace and nuclear is growing rapidly. Lithium has become a very important industrial product of metal, which is well known as the "21st century energy metal."
The proposer plans to develop three categories of standards for lithium:
1. Basic standards
- Terms and definitions
- Packing, marking, transport and storage
2. Testing and analysis methods standards
- Chemical analysis of lithium concentrates, metals, compounds and materials
- Determination of particle size, specific surface area of lithium concentrates
3. Product standards
Scope of proposed technical activity
Standardization in the field of lithium mining, concentration, extraction, separation and conversion to useful lithium compounds/materials (including oxides, salts, metals, master alloys, lithium-ion battery materials, etc.). The work program includes terminology, technical conditions of delivery to overcome transport difficulties, unified testing and analysis methods to improve the general quality of lithium products.
Note: Battery is a component and not a material, which can be directly used in electric vehicles, digital cameras, electric motorcycles, etc.
SCC values your feedback on this proposal. Stakeholders are invited to consider whether or not they agree with the proposal by completing this brief stakeholder feedback form no later than May 1, 2020