ASTM International eNews is a monthly online newsletter that features the latest happenings at ASTM International, including technical committee news, publications, meetings, symposia and more. Like ASTM's bimonthly magazine Standardization News, eNews is a free benefit available to all ASTM members.
New Microsoft Program Uses ASTM CCR Standard
The 2009 version of the Microsoft platform Amalga Unified Intelligence System (UIS) incorporates ASTM E2369, Specification for Continuity of Care (CCR), a patient health summary standard intended to support continuity of care, reduce medical errors and increase efficiency by eliminating duplication of tests and procedures. [Full story]
Link to Pages on ASTM Website
A new feature available on www.astm.org allows users to easily create hyperlinks to important subject-specific standards information from the ASTM site. Creating the links is as simple as copying and pasting the HTML code into your Web page's source code. Users can select their standards area of interest and ASTM provides the code for the relevant pages. ASTM International encourages other websites to link and summarize content that adds value for their users. Click here to start creating links for your Web pages.
European Metrics Only Legislation Amended
In December 2008, the European Parliament (EP) voted in favor of adoption of the common position that amends the existing "metrics only" legislation of Directive 80/181/EEC. The amendment indefinitely extends the use of supplementary units of measurement such as pounds and inches. By granting this extension, the Commission, Council and EP are effectively removing a potential barrier that would have seriously hampered transatlantic trade. View more information on the amendment here.
Statistics Questions? DataPoints is a Q&A on statistics that appears regularly in Standardization News. In the May/June issue, repeatability and reproducibility in laboratory studies will be featured. DataPoints is your forum. Send your statistics questions to SN Editor in Chief Maryann Gorman.
COMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees
Certificate Programs A new practice from Committee E36 provides a comprehensive guide for educators in all sectors to develop and administer certificate programs to accomplish their unique training and education goals. [Full story]
Snow Skiing Several documents developed by Committees F08 and F27 guide much of the safety measures available in skiing today. [Full story]
Medical Materials Interested parties are invited to join a new F04 task group working on revising the standard on puncture resistance of materials used in containers for discarded medical needles and other sharps. [Full story]
Steel and the Metric System Committee A01's newest standard will serve as a guide for manufacturers and laboratories that make and test steel products according to standards using the SI system of units. [Full story]
Acid Mist Committee D22 is working on a new standard that will give air emissions testing bodies the ability to accurately sample and analyze sulfuric acid concentrations. [Full story]
Coatings A new test method from Committee D01 uses contact angle measurements to determine the wettability of coatings. [Full story]
Powder Metallurgy Two recently approved standards from Committee B09 provide user-friendly tests for properties of sintered metallurgy products. [Full story]
Soil and Rock Committee D18 is working on a new test method that can aid in predicting soil and foundation response to seismic and man-made disturbances. [Full story]
Paintbrush Filaments More effective quality testing of the synthetic, hollow filaments that are often used in the manufacture of lower cost paintbrushes is the purpose of a new D01 standard. [Full story]
GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world
MOU Signed with Rwanda ASTM has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Rwanda Bureau of Standards (RBS). The MOU program promotes communication between ASTM International and national standards bodies worldwide. To date, 66 MOUs have been signed. View more information about the ASTM MOU program here.
ASTM President Visits China ASTM President James A. Thomas met with representatives from various Chinese standardization agencies during a trip to China in April, including the Standardization Administration of China, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the China Electronic Standardization Institute, the China Association for Standardization, the China National Institute of Standardization and the Shandong Institute of Standardization. He also made a presentation about ASTM and international standards at the Shandong Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision and spoke to students at Tsinghua University in Beijing about standards development and the benefits of ASTM student memberships.
ASTM International is one of the world's largest management systems for the development of voluntary standards for materials, products, systems, and services. Currently, ASTM has more than 30,000 members representing industry, government, academia, and consumers. Participation in ASTM International is open to any interested party. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions around the globe.
You are receiving this information as a benefit because you are a member of ASTM International. Click here if you do not wish to receive future editions of ASTM eNews and want to be removed from the e-mail list.