|ASTM Internationals board of directors last met April 27-29 at the headquarters of Deutsches Institut für Normung, the German standards institute, in Berlin. Following is a summary of reports made and actions taken by the board at those meetings.
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Appointment of the 2004 Nominating Committee
The board approved the 2004 Nominating Committee, which is charged with selecting the slate of candidates for 2005 ASTM directors and officers. The committee is composed of the three past chairmen of the ASTM board and six other individuals. The following people are serving on the 2004 Nominating Committee:
Fred A. Boldt, Equistar Chemicals LP, Cincinnati, Ohio
Lester P. Burgess, Texas Screw Products, Houston
Leslie J. Struble, University of Illinois at Urbana
Donald V. Waddington, Boalsburg, Pa.
William R. Weissman, Piper Rudnick LLP, Washington, D.C.
Keith G. Westwood, Wolverine Tube Inc., London, Ontario, Canada
Wayne N. Holliday, American Society of Nondestructive Testing, Columbus, Ohio (past chair)
Donald E. Marlowe, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Rockville, Md. (past chair)
Richard J. Schulte, Brecksville, Ohio (past chair)
New ASTM Logo Policy
The board unanimously voted to approve a new ASTM International logo policy. The new policy has become part of ASTM Internationals general intellectual property policy and protections and
1) describes the logos as trademarks and sets forth ASTMs ownership,
2) Is written in the form of a license, making it easier to enforce, and
3) Clarifies that ASTM will provide the graphics for the logos when granting permission for use.
The new policy no longer requires written permission when logos are used to denote ASTM membership on Web sites or letterhead, and when used to link to ASTMs Web site. The new policy also authorizes other uses of the logo for organizational members.
Memorandums of Understanding
ASTM continues to sign memorandums of understanding with national standards bodies worldwide. Since October 2001, 29 have been signed, most recently with Malaysia, Uganda, Mongolia, and Vietnam. The first 14 countries to sign have submitted annual reports that include lists of ASTM standards used in each country over the previous 12 months as the basis of their national standards; which ASTM standards have been sold; and information on participation in ASTM technical committees, training programs, and so on. Almost all participating countries reported using ASTM standards over the 12-month period, either by reference for the development of national standards or as equivalents.
Eight national standards bodies have asked to place technical representatives on various ASTM committees as part of the MOUs. For example, 10 representatives from Bulgaria have joined 40 ASTM technical committees, nine from Mongolia have joined 40 committees, and 21 from Sri Lanka have joined 55 committees. New MOU members may now avail themselves of a virtual training course in ASTM membership; the first took place on March 31 with Sri Lanka.
ASTM has joined with the American Petroleum Institute, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and CSA America in committing to sign an MOU to form a consortium and open an office in Beijing. The purpose of the office is to establish a physical presence in China that would advocate for the four organizations standards and conformity assessment systems and signal their commitment to building relationships with Chinese governmental bodies. In addition, ASTM has signed three cooperation agreements with three Chinese standards organizations the Shanghai Institute of Standardization, the China National Institute of Standardization, and the China Metallurgical Information and Standardization Institute (see this issue for articles regarding agreements signed with the first two organizations). The objective of these agreements is to expand participating membership from China on ASTMs technical committees and establish partnerships to conduct ASTM Technical and Professional Training programs.
Interns from both SIS and CNIS have accepted invitations to come to ASTM for two-month training programs this summer. (Click here for information in this issue about the first intern to arrive, Zhang Li Hong, who is a vice director at an SIS-related organization, the Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision.)
ASTM signed an MOU with the Egyptian Organization for Standardization in October 2002. In late 2003, the Egyptian Minister of Industry and Technological Development issued a ministerial decree, stipulating that Producers of commodities and products should abide by producing in conformity with international standards including ASTM.
In February, ASTM participated with the International Organization for Standardization, and the World Trade Organization in an Egyptian Organization for Standardization/ U.S. Department of Commerce Commercial Law Development program, Standardization: Complying with the World Trade Organization Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade. The three organizations provided information on how to participate in international standards development. The program included two industry segments cement/concrete and textiles.
Iraq and Afghanistan
Earlier this year, ASTM provided a full set of the 1,500 ASTM Standards in Building Codes to the Project Management Office of the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq and also to the reconstruction effort in Afghanistan.
Translation of Standards
ASTM is conducting a pilot program for the translation of selected standards into Spanish. The pilot includes approximately 75 ASTM standards that are cited in the American Concrete Institutes ACI 318, Structural Concrete Code, and related certification programs. Currently a task group of six individuals from three Latin American nations (Chile, Colombia, and Mexico) are reviewing the translations to ensure that users in various Spanish-speaking nations will understand the technical terms as translated.
U.S. Government Outreach
ASTM, in cooperation with the National Institute of Standards and Technology, sponsored an open house event for federal standards executives and other government representatives April 13-14 at ASTM International Headquarters.
During ASTMs April Committee Week, the Society conducted an open forum discussion with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Mary McKiel, EPAs standards executive, and Craig Annear, senior counsel at the EPA Office of General Counsel, participated in the forum. The primary purpose was to enable technical committee members to have a dialogue with these key standards representatives.
Standardization in Germany
The board heard a presentation from the director of the Deutsches Institut für Normung, Torsten Bahke, who described DINs position in Germany as its national standards body, the institutes funding and objectives, its business model, and its overall standardization philosophy.
Committee on Publications
The board voted unanimously to award the Charles B. Dudley Medal to Manual 41, Fracture and Fatigue Control in Structures, an ASTM publication co-authored by John J. Barsom of Barsom Consulting, Pittsburgh, Pa., and Stanley T. Rolfe of the University of Kansas, Lawrence. The publication was nominated to recognize the lasting contribution and impact it has made on the practical applications of fatigue and fracture mechanics technologies.
Technical Committee Operations
New Technical Committee
The board previously approved, via e-ballot on Jan. 19, the formation of ASTM Committee E55 on Pharmaceutical Application of Process Analytical Technology (see the May issue of SN for more on this committee).
Revisions to Regulations
Three separate revisions recommended by the ASTM Committee on Technical Committee Operations to the Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees were approved by the board:
Section 5: The memberships of ASTM technical committee members who failed to return three main or subcommittee ballots in a row had previously been terminated. The change approved by the board of directors now requires that these members official votes, rather than their memberships, be terminated, after a failure to return two main committee ballots, the issuance of a warning letter, and subsequent failure to return a third main committee ballot.
Section 9.5: Language clarifying the procedures to be followed when submitting and exercising proxy votes was approved.
Section 15: Changes were approved that clarify the process for referencing patented items in ASTM standards. The new regulation requires that a statement indicating willingness to consider alternatives must be included in a standard when a committee determines that a reference to a patented item is necessary.
Revisions to Form and Style Manual
The board also approved three changes to the Form and Style Manual for ASTM Standards.
New Section A22 was added on Measurement Uncertainty, providing non-mandatory guidance for committees that need to address measurement uncertainty in their standards.
Section F3: Editorial changes were made to Section F3 of the manual to reflect changes approved to Section 15 of the Regulations as noted above.
Section F: Editorial changes were made to Section F of the manual to clarify that ASTM does not permit the use of effective dates in its standards.
New Award Recognized
A request from Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel, and Related Alloys was approved that grants society recognition to the new Founding Committee Award, which will recognize distinguished service by individual members of Committee A01. The name of the award reflects A01s role as the committee of ASTMs foundation and the role of foundries and blacksmiths in the formation of the Society.
William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award
The ASTM board unanimously selected James S. Pierce, of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and a member of ASTM Committees C01 on Cement, C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, and C27 on Precast Concrete, as the recipient of the William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award. //
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