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ASTM INTERNATIONAL eBulletin

Europe Edition
SPRING 2011


The ASTM International eBulletin features the latest ASTM news from Europe.

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In this issue
ASTM International Provides Input to Review of the European Standardization System
 
ASTM Participates in EU–U.S. SME Seminar
 
ASTM International Joins European-American Business Council
 
ASTM Additive Manufacturing Technologies Committee to Meet in Europe
 
European Union Selects ASTM's Quinn as Delegate to Visitor's Program
 
ASTM International Presents at WTO Meeting on International Standards
 
ASTM International Committee on Light Sport Aircraft Meets in Germany
 
ASTM International and DIN Participate in Exchange Program
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ASTM International Provides Input to Review of the European Standardization System

On June 1, 2011, the European Commission proposed of a series of legislative and non-legislative measures addressing the European standardization policy, including a “Proposal for a Regulation on European Standardisation.” Prior to this proposal, the Commission conducted an open consultation to review the European Standardization System. All interested parties and stakeholders were invited to provide written comments to the Commission so that it could gain an understanding of stakeholders’ views on standardization issues, as well as gather opinions and suggestions on the potential avenues the Commission should explore in order to shape future proposals.

With more than 1,500 individual members from Europe, ASTM International welcomed the opportunity to provide comments to help modify and develop the existing standardization framework of Europe to bring additional benefits to all stakeholders.

ASTM International commented that European consumers and industry would benefit more fully from the ability to choose international standards from multiple sources, provided such standards meet international criteria established by the World Trade Organization. Under this approach, stakeholders may choose standards that closely fit their specific requirements, efficiently cut manufacturing costs, and contain the most advanced technology.

For regulators, multiple sources of international standards also provide flexibility and a wider range of portfolios from which they may match existing or developing standards with specific legislative or regulatory goals. Most importantly, enterprises and regulators may make their choices based not only on the source of the standard, i.e., its organization or process, but also on its actual qualities, i.e., the excellence of its technical content and its relevance to world market conditions. This would allow the European industry, as well as consumers, to choose and make use of a much wider range of high-quality international standards as well as reducing the time and money spent in developing equivalents.

ASTM International’s comments may be found on the website of the European Commission Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry at: PDF
ASTM Participates in EU–U.S. SME Seminar
The European Union and the United States will jointly host the SME Best Practice Seminar in Brussels on June 28-29, 2011. ASTM International will participate in the seminar to discuss ways to facilitate small and medium-sized enterprises’ (SME) participation in the development of voluntary consensus standards.

ASTM’s membership includes more than 30,000 technical experts from 140 countries around the world. Approximately 45 percent of Europeans who are active in ASTM standards development activities come from SMEs. SMEs play an important role on ASTM committees by contributing to the development of globally accepted standards, test methods and best practices for numerous industries. Electronic balloting, Web technology, and meetings in Europe continue to help facilitate such active and important international participation.

The EU-U.S. SME Best Practice Seminar is affiliated with the Transatlantic Economic Council’s (TEC) dialogue and efforts to facilitate the internationalization of the EU and U.S. SMEs. Other participants include European Commission services, U.S. government agencies, SME associations and executives.

ASTM International Joins European-American Business Council
The globally-recognized standards development organization ASTM International has become a member of the European-American Business Council. Comprising 75 leading global companies and organizations, the EABC provides a valuable platform for policy discussion and advocacy for senior business leaders and government officials in Europe, the United States and Canada.

ASTM International will become a member of EABC's Alliance Council and will engage in a number of EABC Policy Groups addressing emerging issues such as sustainability, green buildings, carbon accounting, nanotechnology, life sciences and electronic health care. more
ASTM Additive Manufacturing Technologies Committee to Meet in Europe
On July 13-14, 2011, ASTM International Committee F42 on Additive Manufacturing Technologies will meet at Loughborough University in the United Kingdom (UK). The committee works on a comprehensive set of standards to promote the application and adoption of additive manufacturing technologies. Last year, more than 80 participants from 10 countries attended the F42 meeting on Additive Manufacturing Technologies in Leicestershire, UK. The committee, in conjunction with the International Conference for Additive Manufacturing will hold a series of task group, subcommittee and main committee meetings over the two-day period. more
European Union Selects ASTM's Quinn as Delegate to Visitor's Program
Delegation of the European Union to the United States has selected Anthony R. Quinn, director of public policy and international trade at ASTM International, as a delegate in the 2011 European Union Visitor's Program (EUVP).

Jointly sponsored and administered by the European Parliament and the European Commission, the EUVP consists of meetings with EU officials at EU institutions in Brussels, Strasbourg and Luxembourg in order to gain first-hand appreciation of goals, policies and peoples, and to increase mutual understanding between professionals from non-European Union counties and their EU counterparts. more
ASTM International Presents at WTO Meeting on International Standards
ASTM International President James A. Thomas was invited to present at the World Trade Organization's Technical Barriers to Trade Committee Special Meeting on Information Exchange, which was held in Geneva, Switzerland in 2010.

In a presentation titled "Embracing Transparency and WTO Principles for International Standardization: ASTM International's Global Approach to Standards Development," Thomas discussed ASTM's globally recognized efforts to embrace transparency and openness in standards development and to promote a broader acceptance and use of a range of international standards based on criteria such as the WTO principles. more
ASTM International Committee on Light Sport Aircraft Meets in Germany
On April 11-12, 2011, ASTM International Committee F37 on Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) held their technical committee meetings in Friedrichshafen, Germany, to revise and propose new standards for the industry. LSA includes special light-sport aircraft used for personal flight and flight training, or rental and experimental light-sport kit aircraft. More than 50 participants from all around the world attended, including regulators from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the UK Civil Aviation Authority. The committee meeting preceded the global AERO show for general aviation also held in Friedrichshafen.

ASTM International and DIN Participate in Exchange Program
ASTM International and the Deutsches Institut für Normung (DIN), the German Institute for Standardization, held a staff exchange program, where Katharine Morgan, vice president, ASTM technical committee operations, visited DIN in Berlin, Germany, from Nov. 8-20, 2010. Morgan learned about operational areas of DIN, including project management, innovation with standards and standards development metrics. While in Germany, she also attended the annual DIN general assembly, and provided a guest lecture on the U.S. standardization system to students enrolled in a course on strategic standardization at the Technische Universität Berlin. Heino Paga, project coordinator, DIN Process Quality, visited ASTM International headquarters from Sept. 15 to Oct. 9, 2010. During his visit, he learned about tools to accelerate collaboration, the development and publication of standards, committee management and quality improvement.