ASTM International Participates in Dialogue with Standards Officials from Brazil
The U.S.-Brazil Commercial Dialogue is a cooperative effort between the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Trade and the U.S Department of Commerce. It is focused on stimulating bilateral trade and investment and improving the competitiveness of each country. As part of this important dialogue, Jeffrey Grove, director, government and industry affairs, ASTM International, recently made a presentation to representatives of Brazil’s National Institute of Metrology, Standardization and Industrial Quality (INMETRO) and the Brazilian Association for Standardization (ABNT).
Conducted via live digital video conference, the discussion with INMETRO and ABNT provided an opportunity for participants to gain a deeper knowledge of Brazil’s system of standardization and their leadership role in South American economic cooperation and trade organizations. Grove discussed how ASTM International’s voluntary consensus standards are used in government regulations around the world, as well as to facilitate global commerce. Opportunities for closer cooperation in the following areas were identified and discussed: developing international standards and test methods for petroleum and biofuels, electronics waste and hazardous substances, and light sport aircraft. ASTM International will continue to participate in the commercial dialogue and ASTM staff members plan to visit ABNT in Rio de Janeiro in March. //
Standards Australia Staff Participates in Virtual Training Session
Staff members from Standards Australia participated in a virtual training session run by James Olshefsky, director, committee services, ASTM International, on Dec. 19, 2006. Standards Australia participants in the training session were Bala Balakrishnan, director, Information and Communication Technology; Irene Hagstrom, ICT projects manager, Standards Division; James Thomson, projects manager, Standards Division; and Johit Das, projects manager, Standards Division.
Topics of discussion included finding standards development activities and other information on the ASTM International Web site, ASTM’s standards developing process and the direct participation model, a review of interactive standards development forums, video conferencing and other collaborative tools, and ASTM in the global arena. //
Dictionary of Engineering Science and Technology Available Online to ASTM Members
The ASTM Dictionary of Engineering Science and Technology is now accessible to all ASTM International technical committee members free of charge on the ASTM Web site. While the content mimics the print volume of the dictionary, the online version offers the benefits of the electronic format, including periodic updates as well as excellent search functionalities that will aid members in standards development work.
Users will be able to search for terms by technical committee or across all ASTM technical committees. Search results are returned quickly and in a sequenced order, highlighting those results that most closely match the searched term. All terms currently included in the dictionary are from terminology standards developed by ASTM technical committees. Terms defined in other ASTM standards are not included; however, the feasibility of this option is currently being explored as a future enhancement.
To access the terminology dictionary, go to www.astm.org and log in. Select “My Committees,” then select the last link in the “My Tools” box entitled “Terminology Dictionary.” If you have any questions regarding the dictionary, contact your staff manager. //
Committee E55 Holds Meeting in Copenhagen
ASTM International Committee E55 on Pharmaceutical Application of Process Analytical Technology held its fall 2006 meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark. Over 70 members and guests attended a workshop and three days of meetings at the headquarters of NNE, a leading supplier of systems, consultancy, and engineering services to the international pharmaceutical and biotechnological industries. As the stakeholder population detailed within E55’s scope of work is most decidedly global, the leadership of the committee felt it necessary to acknowledge this fact by holding committee meetings in areas more convenient (from an access perspective) to the constituency as a whole. Consequently, it is policy for ASTM International Committee E55 to hold one of every three meetings of the committee at a venue outside the United States. The initial meeting of this profile took place in May 2005 at the GSK Headquarters in London, England. //
Nominations Sought for William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award
Nominations are being sought for the William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award. Established in 1987, this award is granted to a person of widely recognized eminence in the voluntary standards system who may or may not be a member of ASTM International. The title of honorary member is bestowed upon recipients of this award.
Nominations should contain a citation of 25 words or less, career background and details on the candidate’s outstanding contributions within ASTM at the Society level as well as to other standards organizations or professional societies. All offices and special positions held in each organization should be identified, and accomplishments to advance the efforts of the global standards community specifically identified.
Nominations must be received by April 1. Send nominations to the Executive Committee, c/o the President’s Office, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, PO Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428. Contact Maureen Houck for a copy of the award criteria or if you need additional information (phone: 610/832-9594; ). //
ASTM Annual Business Meeting
The 2007 Annual Business Meeting will be featured during the Wednesday, May 23, ASTM members’ breakfast at the May Committee Week meetings in Norfolk, Va. The complimentary breakfast begins at 7:00 a.m. at the Waterside Convention Center. Contact Maureen Houck, ASTM International, for further information (phone: 610/832-9594). //
Road and Paving Materials Committee Member Speaks at Chinese Event
Kevin D. Hall, a member of ASTM International Committee D04 on Road and Paving Materials and a professor at Arkansas University, represented ASTM International at the China Road Sustainable Development Congress on Nov. 29-30, 2006, in Shanghai. Hall discussed the need for well-written specifications, the importance of precision and bias statements, reasons for certifying road and testing inspectors and the elements of an inspector certification program during his session, Exploring New Test Methods and Validation to Ensure the Quality of Road Inspection and Testing. The congress was hosted by the Road Machinery Society of China and was organized by Merisis Consulting. //
Kevin D. Hall speaks at the China Road Sustainable Development Congress.
Nominating Committee Welcomes Suggestions for ASTM Board
The ASTM Nominating Committee, appointed annually by the ASTM board of directors, welcomes suggestions from the ASTM membership for candidates for the following positions on the 2008 board of directors:
• Chairman (one-year term);
• Vice chairman (two-year term); and
• Six directors (three-year terms).
Complete biographical information including candidate’s name, title, business address, education, as well as the candidate’s professional experience, affiliations, honors and awards should be sent to ASTM Nominating Committee, Attn: Maureen Houck, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, PO Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428. Nominations must be received by April 1. Contact Maureen Houck if you need further information (phone: 610/ 832-9594). //
Castillo Navarro to Serve at ASTM’s Mexico City Office
ASTM International welcomes Ms. Zaira Odett Castillo Navarro as contact administrator in ASTM’s Mexico City office, where she will serve as a valuable resource for ASTM International in Latin America. Ms. Castillo Navarro, who will be assisting Luis Ordonez, director of the ASTM Latin American office, is available to address inquiries on the purchase of standards and related technical information, as well as membership, and to provide training on effective participation in ASTM’s technical committees.
Zaira Odett Castillo Navarro
Ms. Castillo is currently enrolled in the Technological University of Mexico, majoring in industrial engineering. Ms. Castillo’s contact information is:
Calderón de la Barca #358, int. 302
11550 México DF
Telephone: + 55 1997 8820 Fax: 55 1997-8850