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What is ASTM International?

Date posted: 30/ 09/ 2016 - The poster: VTRiT


Organized in 1898, ASTM International is one of the world’s largest international standards developing organizations. Defined and set by us, some 12,575 ASTM voluntary consensus standards operate globally. Applied to just about everything from steel to sustainability, our work improves the lives of millions every day.

We harness the expertise and commitment  of 30,000 ASTM members who hail from more than 140 countries, using good science, good engineering and good judgment to improve performance in manufacturing and materials, products and processes, systems and services. To ensure our standards combine market relevance with the highest technical quality, businesses, governments and individuals collaborate openly and transparently. At ASTM International, producers, users, consumers and others from all over the world join together to develop voluntary consensus standards.

ASTM standards are developed under a process that embraces the World Trade Organization (WTO) Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement principles.

Many global industries choose our trusted standards. ASTM standards are used and accepted worldwide and cover areas such as metals, paints, plastics, textiles, petroleum, construction, energy, the environment, consumer products, medical services, devices and electronics, and much more.

The open process in which our standards are developed is one reason why so many and such a broad range of industries have done their diverse standards development work within ASTM International.

Professionals from all over the globe participate in the ASTM system, which recognizes technical expertise, not country of origin. Nearly 50 percent of ASTM standards are distributed outside the United States.

Experts, individuals and organizations representing industry, academia, governments, trade associations, consultants and consumers all have an equal voice in determining a standard’s content.

Having flexible and innovative technology helps ASTM members develop standards. Each committee decides on its own approach, usually combining face-to-face meetings with virtual meetings and our Web-based collaboration areas. Other resources, such as electronic balloting, mean standards development can take as little as six months, underlining ASTM’s reputation for responding quickly to industry and business needs and priorities.

In addition to this accommodating standards development atmosphere,  ASTM provides services that expand the knowledge and application of standards. Our offerings include symposia, profi  iency testing programs, journals, technical and continuing education training courses and self-guided e-learning, environmental product declarations program, certifi  ation programs for products and personnel, and subscription portals like ASTM Compass™.

ASTM Compass™ is a powerful online platform that gives customers and members 24/7 access to over 12,500 ASTM standards and more than 52,000 journal papers and book chapters from our Digital Library. We also publish a monthly electronic newsletter and a bimonthly magazine and companion website, Standardization News, which covers the topic of standards development around the world.

ASTM’s Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) program provides tangible encouragement and practical help to developing economies. It promotes communication between ASTM and national standards bodies worldwide, making it easier for global technical experts to participate in our standards development process. These experts from any country can then join and get involved as full ASTM voting members.

Defined and set by us, ASTM standards improve the lives of millions every day. Combined with our innovative business services, they enhance performance and help everyone have confidence in the things they buy and use – from the toy in a child’s hand to the aircraft overhead. By understanding commercial needs and consumer priorities, we touch every part of everyday life – helping our world work better.

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