ASTM International, with support from the Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology (GOST-R) of the Russian Federation, hosted a delegation of eight high level public and private sector executives from the Chechen Republic during a week long Intensive Training Program. The program was conducted 28 November to 2 December at sites in Pennsylvania as well as in and near Washington, DC. ASTM arranged the logistics and educational content to address the objectives of the delegation; namely to provide information and examples of the public-private partnership in standardization and regulation.
The delegation began the program with overviews of ASTM International, the U.S. Standardization System and ASTM’s Global Cooperation program. Information about ASTM’s technical committee operations, membership, publications and certification, training and proficiency programs was also provided. Two site visits were conducted in the Philadelphia area including,
The delegation continued their training program in Washington, DC. During their three days in the nation’s capital they met with several federal agencies and private organizations that conveyed information about the public-private partnership in regulation and standardization for specific sectors. These visits included:
Mr. Alvi Shamilev, Director, GOST-R summarized the delegation’s experience in the training program by noting that the delegation was impressed with the openness of the organizations and agencies visited, the extent and value of the information imparted, and the degree to which the delegates were able to interact with their peers and colleagues during the visits.