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Click here to learn more about the ASTM International MOU Program and other initiatives of the Global Cooperation division. You will find links to the national standards bodies described in this article, information on the World Trade Organization and ASTM International, ASTM’s open house program, how to join the ASTM global community and take advantage of training opportunities, and more.
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Gulf Region

Gulf Cooperation Council Standardization Organization

MOU signed February 2006

The MOU with GSO is so far the only ASTM agreement with a regional organization. The Gulf Cooperation Council was a participant in the 2005 open house for Middle Eastern standards leaders and will send an intern in October 2007 to ASTM headquarters as part of the MOU program’s standards experts training program.

Rashid Bin-Fahad, secretary general of the GSO, is a member of the ASTM International board of directors.

Honduras

Consejo Hondureño de Ciencia y Tecnología

MOU signed January 2006

Since signing its MOU with ASTM International early last year, COHCIT has referenced, adapted or adopted 147 ASTM standards in such sectors as metals, cement and concrete, petroleum, road and paving materials, and more. Six individuals from Honduras participate in ASTM.

Indonesia

Badan Standardisasi Nasional

MOU signed August 2004

Indonesia’s national standards body, BSN,has adapted, referenced or adopted 38 ASTM standards for steel, concrete and cement, petroleum, wood, fire, nondestructive testing and the sensory evaluation of materials. Indonesia has 31 members serving in ASTM.

Mr. Sunyoto, BSN’s executive secretary, notes, “The signing of the MOU between ASTM and BSN enables BSN to adopt ASTM standards into Indonesian national standards in a cost-effective and timely way in response to the needs of our stakeholders. The MOU program also provides developing countries with the opportunity to join in the process of international standards development as well as participate in the capacity building program.”

Ari Wibowo spent a month in autumn 2006 at ASTM International headquarters as part of ASTM’s standards experts program. His intent was to learn about the process by which BSN could adopt ASTM standards as national standards as well as ASTM’s history and organizational structure.

Iraq

Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control

MOU signed July 2005

COSQC signed its memorandum of understanding at ASTM International headquarters at the conclusion of the open house program for standards experts from the Middle East and North Africa in July 2005. To assist with reconstruction efforts in Iraq, ASTM International was involved in the organization of a 2006 National Institute of Standards and Technology workshop on standards and codes for the Iraqi construction sector. Twenty participants from Iraq attended the workshop. As a follow-up to the program, ASTM provided 10 sets of ASTM Standards in Building Codes to the various ministries and universities involved in the Iraq reconstruction effort. Later in 2007, ASTM will provide a training course for Iraqi professionals on concrete technology and testing, the evaluation of existing structures, waterproofing and durability tests for building products. Iraq has adopted, adapted or referenced 25 standards in a variety of primarily building-construction related areas.

(From left) James Thomas, ASTM; Benjamin Wu, U.S. Department of Commerce; and Ghadhanfar Al Rafeek and Nashat J. Abdul-Rahim of COSQC participate in the MOU signing (click here to enlarge photo).

Israel

Standards Institution of Israel

MOU signed July 2007

ASTM’s most recent MOU partner is SII. The July signing of the agreement marks the 48th partnership between ASTM and a national or regional standards body. Shortly after signing the MOU, Ziva Patir, SII’s director general, commented, “The technological alliance between Israel and the USA is demonstrated by the MOU signed by the Standards Institution of Israel and ASTM. This MOU will contribute to the reciprocal transfer of technology between our countries.”

Jamaica

Bureau of Standards Jamaica

MOU signed February 2002

The small island nation of Jamaica has adopted, adapted or referenced nearly 140 ASTM International standards in many of the sectors for which ASTM technical committees provide standards. Jamaica has four members in ASTM. BSJ has participated in training on ASTM standards development in cement and concrete standardization.

Marsha Dennie, corporate and international programs officer at BSJ, comments, “The MOU has allowed BSJ to enjoy easy access to ASTM standards and related technical documents. There has been increased referencing and sale of standards and test methods to upwards of 300 percent in 2006-2007 over and above the 2004-2005 period. This significant partnership has enhanced the capability of Jamaican businesses in increasing their market access and competing in the international market. It has been a fruitful and beneficial partnership and we look forward to a further deepening of our relationship in the areas covered under the agreement.”

Jordan

Jordan Institution for Standards and Metrology

MOU signed December 2005

Since signing its memorandum of understanding, Jordan’s national standards body helped facilitate a training course in fuel technology in May.

In cooperation with the Jordan Institution for Standards and Metrology, ASTM International conducted a training course in fuel technology in May of this year in Jordan. The course, which was hosted by the Jordan Petroleum Refinery Company, was attended by 31 participants from Jordanian industry and military and academic institutions. The course was conducted by Salvatore Rand, a member of ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants. Participants discussed with Rand some of the issues concerning fuel control, production, distribution and testing that are currently facing the Jordanian market. (click here to enlarge above photo)

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Kenya

Kenya Bureau of Standards

MOU signed September 2005

KEBS, Kenya’s national standards body, has adopted, adapted or referenced 26 ASTM International standards for steel, paint, petroleum, soaps, consumer products and amusement rides. Kenya has seven members in ASTM.

Four representatives from the Kenya Bureau of Standards visited ASTM International Headquarters in August 2005. Discussions focused on a basic exchange of information about each organization’s structure and operations as well as areas for future c ollaboration (click here to enlarge photo).

James Thomas, president, ASTM International, and John Masila, managing director, Kenya Bureau of Standards, sign the MOU (click here to enlarge photo).

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