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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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Korea

Korean Agency for Technology and Standards

MOU signed May 2006

KATS has adopted, adapted or referenced seven ASTM standards in the areas of paint, petroleum, rubber, industrial and specialty chemicals and consumer products. One hundred twenty-one Koreans participate in ASTM International’s standards development process.

Choong Ho Lee, head of the International Standards Cooperation Division at KATS, comments, “The MOU provides an opportunity for us to participate in ASTM technical committees for materials in which ASTM is a representative standards development organization. We therefore can benefit from expertise and knowledge of standards development in this field, which is helpful in promoting national standardization for materials.”

James Thomas and Dr. Jang-Sop Han prepare to sign the memorandum of understanding between ASTM International and the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (click here to enlarge photo).

Malaysia

SIRIM Berhad

MOU signed December 2003

Malaysia has adopted, referenced or adapted over 220 ASTM International standards from a wide variety of industry sectors in which ASTM is involved, including metals, construction products, road and paving materials, rubber, plastics, geosynthetics, mechanical testing, flexible barrier materials and many more. Malaysia has 66 individuals participating in ASTM International.

Mariani Mohammed, director general of the Department of Standards Malaysia, attended the September 2003 open house at ASTM headquarters for Asia-Pacific standards leaders.

Mauritius

Mauritius Standards Bureau

MOU signed June 2005

Khemraj Ramful, director of the Mauritius Standards Bureau, comments, “MSB has been working with ASTM standards since its creation in 1977. Through the memorandum of understanding, we are given the opportunity not only to use these standards more effectively, but also to participate in their development. The MOU provides a technical platform for our experts to network with experts throughout the world. We have to thank ASTM for that.” Mauritius has three members participating in ASTM standards development activities.

Khemraj Ramful, director of the Mauritius Standards Bureau, attended the May 2007 open house for sub-Saharan Africa standards leaders.

Mongolia

Mongolian Agency for Standardization and Metrology

MOU signed January 2004

The nation of Mongolia has referenced, adapted or adopted nearly 50 ASTM International standards for concrete, concrete pipe, petroleum, road and paving materials, roofing, soil and rock, protective coatings, nondestructive testing, vehicle-pavement systems, mechanical testing and alternative energy sources. Mongolia has 12 professionals serving as members in ASTM International.

Ariunaa Adiya, vice chairman of MASM, attended the September 2003 open house at ASTM headquarters for Asia-Pacific standards leaders.

Morocco

Service de Normalisation Industrielle Marocaine

MOU signed July 2003

Abdellah Nejjar, executive chief of SNIMA, remarks on his organization’s MOU with ASTM, “The MOU is very useful to Moroccan stakeholders, as it offers them the possibility to participate in discussions on ASTM standards, especially in the field of paint. Moroccan experts are participating in three ASTM technical committees and we hope this number will increase in the future. We would like to express our satisfaction with the positive outcome resulting from this cooperation and particularly with the organization of a seminar in Casablanca about construction materials standardization, which was useful for more than 100 participants.”

In early 2006, about 150 representatives from the Moroccan construction industry attended a seminar in Casablanca sponsored by ASTM International in cooperation with Service de Normalisation Industrielle Marocaine, the national standards body of Morocco. The objective of the seminar was to raise the awareness of Moroccan scientists and engineers on the importance of standardization and the openness of the ASTM International standards development process (click here to enlarge photo).

Nicaragua

Dirección de Tecnología, Normalización y Metrología

MOU signed August 2005

Nicaragua’s national standards body has adapted, adopted or referenced 125 ASTM International standards in the fiber-reinforced cement product, petroleum, road material, roofing and quality sectors. Nicaragua has four individuals serving on ASTM technical committees.

Nigeria

Standards Organization of Nigeria

MOU signed November 2004

Nigeria has 159 ASTM members; SON has adapted, adopted or referenced 87 ASTM International standards in the areas of steel, iron castings, metallic-coated iron and steel products and magnetic properties.

John Akanya, director general of the Standards Organization of Nigeria, and James Thomas, president of ASTM International, sign an MOU between the two standards organizations. The signing ceremony took place on Nov. 10, 2004, in Washington, D.C., during the semiannual meeting of ASTM Committee E28 on Mechanical Testing.

Palestine

Palestine Standards Institution

MOU signed July 2005

PSI, Palestine’s national standards body, has adapted, adopted or referenced 13 ASTM standards in the petroleum sector. Palestine has six individuals serving as members of ASTM International. In addition, PSI has taken advantage of training in ASTM’s standards development process. Mazen Abu Sharia, the chief executive officer of PSA, notes, “Since signing the MOU with ASTM, the level of quality awareness among the various industrial and academic groups in Palestine has been improved.”

James Thomas and Mazen Abu Sharia sign the MOU.

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