|The ASTM Board of Directors last met on Oct. 16-18, 2000.
The following is a summary of the actions taken by the board at
Appointment of Chairman of 2001 Finance and Audit Committee
Current Board member Gilbert McIntee was appointed the chairman
of the 2001 Finance and Audit Committee. Biographical information
on the 2001 Board will be presented in an upcoming issue of SN.
Technical Committee Business
Society recognition has been granted to the following committee
The Daniel W. Kessler Award of Committee C18 on Dimension Stone.
This new award will honor committee members for outstanding contributions
and long term service to the activities of the committee.
The Richard S. Hunter Award of Committee E12 on Color and Appearance.
The committee requested Society recognition to allow the award
recipients to receive their much-deserved honor under the auspices
of both Committee E12 and ASTM as a Society.
The Fred F. Weingruber Award of Committee F16 on Fasteners.
The new award will recognize and honor those members who have
shown exceptional leadership and sustained service to Committee
Two revisions to the ASTM Regulations were approved. 1) In an
attempt to clarify the process of finding negative votes previously
considered, the Board approved a revision to the current Section
12.5 into two subsections, one specifically focusing on subcommittee
negative votes and one specifically focusing on main committee
(or Society) negative votes. The revision permits a subcommittee
to find a negative on a main committee ballot (or Society Review)
to be previously considered if it was found not persuasive on
a prior subcommittee ballot for the same reason. 2) In an effort
to clarify the process by which a nominating committee determines
an officer slate, a change to existing Section 9.7 of the ASTM
Regulations was approved by the Board. It is believed the change
will eliminate potential for misinterpretation of Section 9.7
and offer a larger window for committee members to submit candidates
The Board approved changes to the scope statements of three committees.
Committee E07 on Nondestructive Testing requested a scope change
to streamline and simplify the language of their existing scope.
The new scope also recognizes the committees new classified status
and their consequent ability to develop specifications.
Committee E13 on Molecular Spectroscopy requested a change of
scope to reflect the merger of former Committee E19 on Chromatography
into E13, and to include the standards activities of the former
Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices
requested a change of their scope to more completely reflect F04s
work product (symposia, workshops, etc.).
The formation of new Main Committee E53 on Property Management
Systems has been approved. Property management systems include
all aspects of personal property management from determination
of need through final disposition. Standards development for E53
has been active since January 2000 via the Internet-based Standards
Development Forum process. These documents, once approved, will
be used, in part, for the certification and professional credentialing
efforts of the National Property Management Association (NPMA),
a key driver of this activity. Additionally, the management practices
developed by E53 will directly impact the financial management
philosophy within the corporate sector, as at the present time,
no standardized concepts exist. Federal, state, and local governments
will utilize these documents for fiscal consistency and accountability.
The Board approved changes to the COS bylaws that were recommended
to more accurately reflect the current practices of the committee
and clean up redundant language.
Report from Technician Certification Task Group
Board member Kay M. Villa reported on the investigations of a
Board task group convened to conduct a feasibility study on establishing
a Technician and Operator Certification Program under Committee
D13 on Textiles. The type of program envisioned would involve
training for operators and technicians on specific D13 tests followed
by a practical evaluation of the operators and technicians on
their ability to satisfactorily accomplish the tests. These operators
and technicians would then be certified by ASTM for these tests.
Villa reported the facts uncovered during the task groups research
process. 1) It appears that industry would not support the high
cost that would need to be charged for a hands-on training program.
2) Similar certification programs in other organizations are not
cost-effective and self-supporting. 3) The costs to ASTM in program
startup would be approximately $72,000, and, in addition, insurance
and legal considerations would need to be addressed, and would
add an element of contingent expenses.
The Board concluded that there was no compelling reason to pursue
this program further.
National Standards Strategy
Jim Thomas gave a presentation on the National Standards Strategy
that was recently approved by the ANSI board of directors. Thomas
reviewed the set of recommended strategic initiatives outlined
in the strategy and commented on ASTMs responsiveness to the
Jim Thomas reported that his Time to Take Stock Plain Talk column that was published in the August issue of
SN is gathering attention in the standards community in both the
United States and abroad. The piece has been picked up and distributed
by various standards developing organizations in the United States
as well as to all of the ISO member bodies.
Thomas also reported that he has been invited to speak at the
10th International Conference of Standards Users in Berlin. Joining
him on the conference panel will be the presidents of ISO, IEC,
and JIS, the Director of the European Commission and a representative
of the World Trade Organization. Thomas also will be attending
the NIST Centennial Celebration and speaking at a NIST Symposium
on Standards in the Global Economy. Both of these events are opportunities
to strengthen the Societys 100-year-old relationship with NIST.
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