The ASTM International Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) program is designed to encourage, increase and facilitate the participation of technical experts from around the world in the ASTM standards development process. In 2012, ASTM signed MOUs with the National Institute of Standardization and Metrology of the Republic of Moldova (INSM), the Kuwait Public Authority for Industry (PAI) and the National Institute of Standards and Industrial Technology (NISIT) of Papua New Guinea. By year’s end, ASTM had signed a total of 78 memorandums of understanding with national and regional standards bodies.
Through the Standards Expert Program (SEP), ASTM welcomes representatives from MOU signatories in a one-month training period at ASTM headquarters. Standards experts also attend ASTM Committee Week meetings and visit U.S. government agencies and U.S.-based standards development organizations in Washington, D.C. The 2011 standards experts were: Ruba Ayeid Al-Thawabeia, a standardization officer at the Jordan Standards and Metrology Organization (JSMO); and Lee Hooi Lan, senior executive of the engineering standards management and consulting services section at the Standards Research and Management Center, SIRIM Berhad, in Malaysia.
"The MOU with ASTM International has resulted in many great benefits for PSI. ASTM International standards are an important factor in the development of Palestinian standards for many sectors, particularly building construction.”
"Since the signing of the MOU with ASTM International in 2007, cooperation and coordination has been in full swing. ASTM’s vast and resourceful collection of industry-leading standards and technical publications, as well as the tireless and sincere assistance of the ASTM Global Cooperation staff, have added a lot to our standardization performance.”
"Referencing ASTM gives Dominican standards more credibility with our users, which include producers and consumers.”
ASTM International staff and members promoted the work of ASTM International and the use of ASTM standards through several outreach visits, training programs and workshops in China and surrounding countries over the course of the year. Several delegations from China also visited ASTM headquarters for meetings and training. In October, ASTM President James A. Thomas traveled to Beijing, China, and Seoul, South Korea. During his trip, Thomas met with six Chinese government agencies and institutes, including MOU partners, and conducted an interview with the magazine China Standardization.
ASTM International and the Society of Engineers – United Arab Emirates signed an agreement to enhance current relations between the organizations and to promote participation in the development of international standards. ASTM and SOE-UAE hope the agreement will teach members of both organizations more about the other and increase the level of cooperation in mutual interest areas, particularly engineering. The agreement offers opportunities for SOE-UAE members to join ASTM International and for future potential collaborations for symposia and workshops, training, publications and more.