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ASTM International Donates Annual Book of ASTM Standards to Rebuilding Efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan

Along with several other standards developing organizations, ASTM International has donated standards to the infrastructure reconstruction efforts in Iraq. The National Institute of Standards and Technology facilitated the dialogue that enabled the massive donation of codes and standards to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad. The CPA will use the standards in assessing bid packages. Standard and code developing organizations that supplied their assistance to include:

• American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials
• American Concrete Institute
• American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-Conditioning Engineers
• ASME International
• ASTM International
• Federal Highway Administration
• International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials
• International Code Council
• National Fire Protection Association

ASTM International has also recently donated some 1,500 standards that are referenced in building codes to the Afghanistan government for the reconstruction of Afghanistan. This donation was enabled through the U.S. Department of Commerce Afghanistan Reconstruction Team. //

Vietnam Signs MOU with ASTM International

Vietnam’s national standards body, the Directorate for Standards and Quality, has signed a memorandum of understanding with ASTM International. The purpose of the MOUs, which have been signed with 29 NSBs to date, is for ASTM and the signatory bodies to work together to use standards in support of the signing nation’s needs in public health and safety, technology development and environmental protection. //

Standardization Conference in Cairo, Egypt

Representatives of ASTM International, the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the American National Standards Institute and the World Trade Organization were featured in a major standards conference in Cairo, Egypt, Feb. 23-25. Some 200 representatives from Egyptian government and industry were on hand to hear presentations about how Egypt can comply with the WTO’s Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement and how its scientists and engineers can more actively participate in ASTM and ISO international standards developing activities.

The conference was sponsored and organized by the Commercial Law Development Program of the U.S. Department of Commerce in cooperation with the Egyptian Organization of Standardization and Quality Control (EOS). It was funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Highlights of the program included:

• Ludivine Tamiotti, legal affairs officer for the WTO, discussed international standards and how to comply with the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement. She also talked about the principles of what constitutes an international standards developing organization.
• Afaf Taha Ahmed of EOS presented information about its activities in harmonizing standards and complying with the WTO TBT Agreement.
• ASTM Vice President of Global Cooperation Kitty Kono and Anwar El-Tawil, ISO’s program director for developing countries, both presented their views on international standards and their importance to world trade. Kono and El-Tawil also provided overviews of the standards processes of ASTM International and ISO and invited Egyptian government and industry to participate.
• Jane Schweiker, special assistant to the president of the American National Standards Institute, gave an overview of the U.S. standards system.
• On the last day of the conference, presentations were given on specific standards topics. Jim Pierce, former chairman of the ASTM board, covered ASTM standards for the cement and concrete industry. Vincent Diaz, a director on ASTM’s board, and Robert Holcombe, of Safety Components Inc., talked about ASTM International standards for textiles. Andrew Williams, technical program manager at ISO, spoke about ISO activities in cement, concrete and textiles.

ASTM International signed a memorandum of understanding with the Egyptian Organization for Standardization in 2002. In 2003, the Egyptian minister of industry and technological development issued a ministerial decree stipulating that “producers of commodities and products should abide by producing in conformity with international standards including ASTM.” //

Robert Holcombe, CLDP Attorney Advisor Jannette Hasan, Andrew Williams, and Vince Diaz discuss ASTM and ISO textile standards.
Hasan, Anwar el-Tawil, Afaf Taha Ahmed of the EOS, Kitty Kono, and Jane Schweiker discuss international standards and their importance to world trade.
Williams and Jim Pierce present on cement and concrete standards.
In February, Chang Wook Kang, of the College of Engineering at Hanyang University (Ansan Campus), Korea, visited ASTM International Headquarters. He met with ASTM staff members to learn about ASTM and its electronic standards development tools, its student membership program, the new Journal of ASTM International, and ASTM publications for members and customers. From left: ASTM Vice President of Global Cooperation Kitty Kono, Membership Manager Ellie Barkley, Director of External Relations Teresa Cendrowska, Dr. Kang, SN Editor in Chief Maryann Gorman, Director of Committee Services Jim Olshefsky, and Product Manager Margie Lawlor.
Representatives of the China National Waterproof Building Materials Industry Association visited ASTM International Headquarters in February. The group was interested in specific standards for asphalt roofing shingles that have been developed by ASTM Committee D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing — their role in the roofing market and quality management as well as D08’s plans for updating the standards. ASTM Committee D08 Staff Manager Joe Hugo and Vice President of Corporate Development Drew Azzara gave a presentation to the group on how the members of the association can participate on Committee D08 via the Internet. Pictured from left are: Mr. Zhu Zhiyuan, Mr. Xian Yongbiao, Hugo, Azzara, Mr. Yang Bin, Mr. Sun Qingxiang, and Mr. Wan Shanqing.
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