ASTM Board Member, Staff Manager Attend Aviation Meeting in Europe
In December 2006, Earl Lawrence, ASTM International board member, and Daniel Schultz, staff manager of ASTM Committee F37 on light sport aircraft, met with European Union manufacturers of light sport aircraft in Prague, Czech Republic. The objective of the meeting was for the manufacturers to outline a path forward in developing a regulatory framework similar to the newly approved U.S. Federal Aviation Administration’s LSA regulation, including standards needed to support the regulation. Schultz and Lawrence presented information on ASTM International, Committee F37 and its standards. Schultz and Lawrence also discussed the LSA rule and offered insights on how to harmonize the regulation and standards globally.
Daniel Schultz, ASTM International staff manager, speaks to European Union manufacturers of light sport aircraft in Prague.
The light sport aircraft manufacturers concluded the meetings with the following proposal to the European Aviation Safety Administration: “ASTM International standards should be used as an acceptable means of compliance for design, production, maintenance and quality assurance. The manufacturer as well as the Associations and the EASA should participate in the ongoing development of these standards to ensure continuous applicability.”
In January, Schultz, who is also staff manager for Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, was invited as an observer to the EUROCAE WG-73 meeting (WG-73 deals with Unmanned Aircraft Systems) in Palm Coast, Fla. EUROCAE, the European Organization for Civil Aviation Equipment, is an arm of EUROCONTROL (European Organization for the Safety of Air Navigation), which is chartered to assist with providing a forum to draft regulation and some standards. The forum consists of a cross section of industry members with regulators from most European Union states.
Within the EU, air traffic management is handled by the EUROCONTROL (coordination of flights) while aircraft certifications and airworthiness are handled by EASA. Schultz has been invited to the May 2007 meeting of EUROCAE to present more information on ASTM International Committee F38 and the relevance of its standards program. //
RSS Feeds Now Available Through ASTM International Web Site
News of new ASTM International standards and new work items is now available through an RSS feed. RSS, often defined as Really Simple Syndication, allows users to keep up to date on new standards development activities. Users with a desktop reader, or aggregator, can subscribe to ASTM’s RSS service, which will be updated on a regular basis. Interested users should click on the RSS link on ASTM International’s Web site for more information. //
ASTM International and IKEA North America Discuss Standards Issues
ASTM President James Thomas recently met with the product laws and standards team for IKEA North America. With over 250 stores throughout the world, IKEA is one of the largest international retailers of home furnishings and household products. Technical experts from IKEA’s corporate headquarters in Sweden and the North American corporate office have been engaged in the work of ASTM Technical Committee F15 on Consumer Products for many years. The meeting provided an opportunity for ASTM to discuss its role in the global regulatory and trade system and to gain a deeper knowledge of emerging consumer demands for safer and more environmentally friendly products that drive the social and environmental objectives of IKEA. Meeting with executives from global companies such as IKEA to discuss the role of ASTM International as a leading provider of international standards remains a priority of the ASTM board of directors for 2007 and beyond. //
ASTM International Welcomes Delegation from China Inner Mongolia
Jeff Grove, ASTM International’s director of government and industry affairs, recently had the opportunity to greet a 20-member delegation from the China Inner Mongolia Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision. In a presentation at the Washington, D.C., office of the American National Standards Institute, Grove provided the delegation a brief introduction to ASTM International and an overview of current activities in China.
Grove provided the delegation with contact information for Mr. Liu Fei, ASTM International’s chief representative in China, and invited closer cooperation with Inner Mongolia in the development and use of ASTM standards. Inner Mongolia is the third largest among China’s provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions. The Inner Mongolia Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision has numerous responsibilities including the enforcement of provincial laws, regulations, guiding principles and policies involving standards. //
Meeting at ANSI Headquarters in Washington, D.C., were (from left): Hao Jiancheng, Inner Mongolia Petrochemical Measuring Institute; Anthony Quinn, ASME International; Elise Owen, American National Standards Institute; Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision (delegation leader); Xie Shao Qing, Inner Mongolia; Laurie Hopkins, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission; and Jeff Grove, ASTM International.
Metallurgical Industry Leaders from China Meet at ASTM International
A delegation of individuals representing the Chinese metallurgical industry met with Drew Azzara, vice president, corporate development, at ASTM International Headquarters in December 2006. Shown from left are Cao Ping Sheng, China Iron and Steel Association; Drew Azzara; Li Ming Yuan, Tianjin Golik; and Li Fengyun, China Metallurgical Information and Standardization Research Institute. The delegation discussed the possibilities of further cooperation with ASTM International.
Chinese Building Materials Delegation Visits ASTM International Headquarters
On Jan. 12, a delegation representing the China National Building Material Exhibition and Trading Center and member companies of the China Building Materials Industry Association visited ASTM International headquarters. The purpose of the visit was to get a better understanding and market overview of the American construction industry, exchange knowledge about building materials that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy, stay up-to-date on the latest trends in the American building material industry and explore opportunities for international cooperation.
Representatives of the Chinese building industry met at ASTM International Headquarters in January.
The presentation consisted of an ASTM International overview, including information regarding ASTM electronic tools and balloting, presented by Daniel Smith, a director in the standards development department; information on Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings presented (via teleconference) by John Mulder, Intertek Testing Services and E06 member, and Steve Mawn, ASTM staff manager; and news of cooperation between ASTM International and China, presented by Jessica Hychalk, manager, global cooperation, ASTM. The presentation provided an open forum for information exchange between ASTM and the Chinese delegates. //
GCC Members Receive ASTM Training in United Arab Emirates
Standards executives and industry sector representatives of all countries that are part of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GCC) gathered in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in January for a two-day training session on ASTM International’s processes. The session was sponsored by the Gulf Standardization Organization. GCC member countries are the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Qatar and Kuwait. Len Morrissey, ASTM staff manager, facilitated the training session, which provided both a general overview of ASTM International and more specific presentations on its standardization activities.
The first day of the session was devoted to a broad overview of the U.S. standardization system, highlighting its differences from other regional standardization activities. Topics that were discussed included standards formulation and development, the ASTM technical committee structure, the balloting process and duties and responsibilities of ASTM officers and members.
On the second day of the session, Morrissey presented a more specific set of sessions on technical regulations, ASTM’s globalization efforts, the use of standards in accreditation and conformity assessment activities and the use of the Internet to speed standards development and facilitate greater access to the ASTM standards developing process.
The Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf was founded in 1981 to effect coordination, integration and interconnection among the member states. //
Japan Chemical Industry Association Officials Visit ASTM
Masami Tanaka, director general of the Japan Chemical Industry Association and immediate past president of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and his colleague Reiko Nonaka, Japan Chemical Industry Association, visited James Thomas, president, ASTM, and Kitty Kono, vice president of global cooperation, at ASTM Headquarters in January.
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). //
Nominating Committee Welcomes Sugestions 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, and 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). //
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). //