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Representatives of the standards bodies of the Eastern Balkan States are shown with members of the ASTM staff. The group visited ASTM International and other U.S. standards developers as part of its visit under the aegis of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law Development Program (CLDP). Nations represented were Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania, and Yugoslavia. The CLDP program developed for the Eastern Balkan
delegation focused on the legal aspects of standardization—such as copyright and distribution issues, and WTO agreements.

The group spent one day at ASTM International Headquarters; staff presented information on the U.S. standardization process, ASTM’s process and products, and electronic tools developed by ASTM that facilitate a borderless participation. In addition, the delegates, as leaders in metrology and certification in their countries, were especially interested in learning about ASTM’s proficiency testing program. The visit was an excellent opportunity to open lines of communication between ASTM and the Eastern Balkan region. Staff spoke with the delegates about the possibility of establishing memorandums of understanding between interested standards bodies and ASTM.

A delegation from the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision is pictured with members of the ASTM staff. The Bureau visited ASTM in December for an introduction to ASTM standards, training, Web site products, electronic tools for standards development, and proficiency-testing programs. //

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