Bookmark and Share

Standardization News Search
ASTM International News
Standards Development and Training Cooperation with Japan

ASTM International is pleased to host Kenichi Shimosakai, of the standards department at the Japanese Standards Association, who is working at ASTM International Headquarters in a 90-day internship position that will enable him and JSA to understand ASTM’s standards development processes, information technology, intellectual property policies, and cooperative programs with other standards developing organizations. The internship is scheduled to last from November to February 2004.

Shimosakai had for 10 years been in charge of standards sales and membership administration at JSA; in April of this year he moved to the standards research section of the association. In this capacity, Shimosakai is in charge of research on industrial standardization and maintenance of the Japanese industrial standards development process management system.

With a recent trend toward deregulation in Japan that has shifted the control of standardization from the Japanese government to the marketplace, JSA is interested in learning more about the U.S. standards development process, information technology, U.S. pilot projects with ISO, intellectual property issues, and possible avenues for strengthening the relationship between JSA and ASTM.

ASTM welcomes Shimosakai and the opportunity to work with JSA through this internship. //

Standards in Trade

ASTM staff recently participated in two Standards in Trade workshops sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

On Sept. 7-12, ASTM participated in the NIST SiT on Building Codes and Standards for the Americas. This event was held in conjunction with the International Code Council’s annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Twenty-one participants from nine Latin American and Caribbean nations participated in the workshop, which provided a forum for exchanging information about the development and implementation of building codes and standards in the Americas. The meetings provided an opportunity to discuss cooperative efforts to create, maintain, and implement a unified approach for a single building code and related standards in the Americas. In addition to including classroom time, the delegates were also able to visit the Murphreesboro, Tenn., Building and Codes Department and construction sites.

Another valuable opportunity to exchange information was afforded by the NIST SiT workshop on American Standards for Pressure Equipment, Piping, Cranes and Elevators. This workshop was held at NIST Sept. 15-19. Twenty-four participants representing various Chinese standardization organizations and government agencies came together to:

• Learn how boiler, pressure vessel and piping design standards and recommended practices are developed and used in the United States.
• Encourage participation in the U.S. Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code development process.
• Identify trends among the regulatory bodies of the Americas and the industrial sector regarding operation, and maintenance of pressure equipment and piping. //

In late October, Japan’s Geo-Environmental Technology Research Center conducted the first of its training courses on ASTM’s Phase I, Phase II, and Transaction Screen environmental assessment standards (E 1527, Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase I Environmental Site Assessment Process; E 1903, Guide for Environmental Site Assessments: Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Process; and E 1528, Practice for Environmental Site Assessments: Transaction Screen Process) and their associated ASTM manual, Technical Aspects of Phase I/II Environmental Site Assessments. GETREC has also translated these standards into Japanese (left).

On Sept. 25, John Pace, ASTM vice president of Publications and Marketing, posed near the color laser-jet printer that ASTM International donated to the Conshohocken Free Library (ASTM’s Headquarters are in West Conshohocken, Pa.). Shown left to right are John S. Ondik, president of the library Board of Trustees; Pace; Marycatherine McGarvey, director and head librarian; and Ron Wood, circulation assistant.

In October, a delegation of Chinese standards developers visited ASTM International Headquarters to learn about standards developing processes in the United States. Included in the delegation were Yuan Feng, vice editor in chief, China Association for Standardization (seated, third from left) and Li Wei, editor and reporter, CAS (seated, far right); both are involved in the development of the annual Chinese-language edition of SN magazine. Others present include (seated): Teresa Cendrowska, ASTM director of external relations, ASTM (far left); Barbara Schindler, ASTM director of Corporate Communications (second from left), James Chan, Asia Marketing and Management (third from right), and Maryann Gorman, editor in chief of SN (second from right).

In October, ASTM Membership manager Ellie Barkley received an Award of Appreciation from ASTM Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel, and Related Alloys. Wayne Holliday, ASTM chairman of the board and member of A01, presented the award in a special ceremony after the board of directors first day of meetings. Barkley had been an editor of one of A01’s volumes of the Annual Book of ASTM Standards for five years until she took the position of membership manager earlier this year.

Copyright 2003, ASTM