Be bold. Rename ASTM to ISTMInternational Society for Testing
and Materials. Recall ASTMs 1898 international affiliation [with
the International Association for Testing Materials].
Customers of ASTM standards can accept this easily. Even the famed
ASTM logo needs only a slight slimming on its left. The volunteer
leaders of the 130 technical committees can be polled by the Board
for their opinions.
New Chairman of the Board Harvey Hacks insightful interview in
the January SN and its page 23 segment on ISO make him an ideal
volunteer to surmount the natural caution of staffers in ASTM,
ANSI, and ISO. Volunteers feel more freedom; ask them.
From 1965 my work with ISO TC35 on Paints finds they need Committee
D01 on [Paint and Related Coatings, Materials, and Applications]
far more than D01 needs them. Resolution of the ASTM/ISO balance
should come from global and national industries, not from ISO-Geneva
or BSI, DIN, NNI staffs who are naturally self-serving. D01s
nearly 700 standards from 31 technical subcommittees vs. TC35s
nearly 200 standards from six subcommittees illustrate the imbalance.
In Harvey Hacks marine field, Subcommittee D01.45 on Marine Coatings
has seven standards supported by the half dozen global producers
of marine coatings, with no need to force feed them into ISO TC35.
Likewise for D01.48 on Pipe Coatings, D01.56 on Printing Inks,
and D01.57 on Artists Materials, etc.
Reiterating my March 1998 letter to SN, in light of Harvey Hacks
insight on TAG imbalances, ASTM and ISO should:
- Harmonize the details of form and style of the two sets of standards;
- Require that each ISO and ASTM standard list the others relevant
standard, with degrees of equivalence or concordance;
- Compare quantitatively, through market research, the global
and regional sales of ISO and ASTM standards in each ASTM TAG,
e.g., paint in D01.09, in Harvey Hacks G01.95 et al; and
- Compare ASTM and ISO finances, both overall and in the shrinking
committee operations now suffering from corporate globalizations
and downsizings. Canvas industries on how best to support international
standards via ASTM and ISO.
John C. Weaver
Honorary Chairman, ASTM Committee D01 on Paint and Related Coatings,
Materials, and Applications