Frequently Asked Questions about ASTM's Certification and Supplier's Declaration of Conformity Programs
What certification services does ASTM offer?
ASTM offers certification programs for products (including materials, products, systems and services) and personnel as well as personnel certificate programs. The offering of certification programs as a part of ASTM's portfolio of services is similar to our successful proficiency testing and training programs.
ASTM will not be developing certification programs for an individual organization but will be developing industry wide certification programs. As programs are developed, they are posted on the ASTM website at www.astm.org/certification.
What is the ASTM Suppliers Declaration of Conformance Program to ASTM Test Methods?
The Program is sponsored and administered by ASTM International and is available to any manufacturer, distributor, or private brand owner, whether domestic or international. The Program authorizes a supplier who is having their product tested to an ASTM standard test method to register information with ASTM including: general company/product information; ASTM test method identification; sample selection procedures; general testing laboratory information; testing laboratory accreditation/capabilities; testing laboratory test report(s) and data; and attestation that all required information is accurate. Upon acceptance by ASTM, the supplier will receive a notice of registration, identification number and ability to request that registered documentation be delivered by ASTM to another organization or themselves. Please visit the website: www.astm.org/suppliers.
Does ASTM provide testing services?
ASTM does not have any testing facilities to accommodate requests for one-off testing of products. An organization which desires to have their product tested for conformance to an ASTM standard could do the required testing in their own laboratory or contract the services of an independent third party laboratory. The Lab Directory and the Organizations that Accredit Laboratories to ISO 17025 on the ASTM website may be helpful. Note: ASTM has not attempted to investigate, rate, endorse, approve or certify any laboratory listed in the directory. Each laboratory has paid ASTM a fee for their listing.
Can an organization indicate that their product conforms to an ASTM standard?
The Society, in general, does not object if an organization does their own testing/verification and represents that their product meets an ASTM standard by referencing the specific designation (e.g. complies or meets ASTM A XXX-YY) (and, where possible, the title of the relevant standard). The ASTM Suppliers Declaration of Conformity to ASTM Test Methods Program provides suppliers with the ability to have their test method documentation registered and accepted by an independent third party, ASTM. In these instances, Society logos shall not appear in connection with such representations. The Society does not approve, certify or test products to ASTM standards unless there is a specific ASTM certification program.
Does ASTM certify laboratories?
No, ASTM is not involved with laboratory certification or accreditation.