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Singapore Signs MOU with ASTM International

SPRING Singapore, the national standards body of Singapore, has signed a memorandum of understanding with ASTM International to work together on standards development and education. The MOU aims to help strengthen the standards infrastructure in Singapore. According to a press release issued by SPRING, “Access to ASTM’s 11,000 standards will help raise the standard of technical capabilities of Singapore industries. Individuals will also have the opportunity to participate in some 130 ASTM technical committees covering various industry areas. With more expert members in the committees, Singapore’s international standing in standards will also be enhanced.”
Along with the MOU signing in late February, SPRING was host to an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)/Pacific Area Standards Conference (PASC) training program on Participation in the International Standardization Process. Tim Brooke, a director in ASTM’s Technical Committee Operations Division, was a featured presenter at the program. Attendees came from Australia, Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Mexico, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, and the United States. //

The participants of the APEC/PASC training program on Participation in the International Standardization Process pose outside SPRING headquarters in Singapore.

SPRING became the 18th standards body to sign an MOU with ASTM International in the last 18 months. Pictured are Teo Nam Kuan (right), general manager, Standards and Quality Group, SPRING Singapore, and Kitty Kono, vice president of global cooperation for ASTM.

John Pace Joins ASTM Staff as New Vice President of Publications and Marketing

ASTM International is pleased to announce that John Pace has joined the Headquarters staff as vice president of the Publications and Marketing Division. He replaces Bob Meltzer, who retired April 30 (see the article on page 9). Pace comes to ASTM from IHS in Denver, Colo., where he was senior vice president, Product Management and Standards. There, his responsibilities included focusing on domestic and international standards negotiations and contracts for IHS Engineering and Global Engineering Documents. He also coordinated activities with U.S. government agencies.

Prior to joining IHS, Pace served as an officer in the 9th Infantry Division, U.S. Army, at Fort Lewis, Wash., where he was a recipient of two Army Commendation Awards. Pace received his bachelor’s degree in economics and business from Virginia Military Institute in 1977. He also earned an MBA from the University of Puget Sound in 1979.

Pace took time out from his busy schedule recently to answer a few questions for SN.

What do you hope to accomplish in ASTM as you take your position?

I am hoping to continue the good work that Jim Thomas and Bob Meltzer have done in establishing ASTM as a global player and to contribute my commercial experience toward expanding ASTM’s reach even further into areas of opportunity. I hope to identify and establish more partnering opportunities that will attract more participation to ASTM’s standards development activities. And most importantly, I am very interested in the entire area of intellectual property protection, as that is an area that poses a serious challenge to the health and well-being of every standards developing organization today.

Based on your experience with standards customers and SDOs, how would you say ASTM is perceived in the global standards developing community?

ASTM has a very strong and visible reach throughout the world, and its brand recognition is second to none. ASTM standards are not simply regarded as “American” standards, but rather as some of the world’s “best in class” testing and material standards available. Inside the United States, ASTM standards are the most demanded standards in a majority of customer engineering locations. Internationally, ASTM standards are as much in demand as the standards body collections of various nations. Therefore, in many of those countries, such as Japan, Germany and France, where the national standards body has a strong sales presence, ASTM standards rank either at or near the top of the non-national standards that they market and distribute inside their borders.

In information delivery, what challenges do you think ASTM faces and what opportunities do we have?

The new technologies in the rapid development, formatting and delivery of data have drastically changed the way standards are used and procured. Standards are indeed more easily accessible, and through more options, than ever before. The ability to employ tools such as cut and paste and full-text searches within documents has changed the way standards are used and perceived. But, as I mentioned before, these enhancements have also brought about many challenges to intellectual property protection and copyright. And there is a very fine line between what distinguishes fair and flexible use of an organization’s copyrighted standards from policies that are overly restrictive to the user community. The key word is “fair,” and having a full understanding of copyright law and the factors that challenge intellectual property protection is critical in order to establish a sound policy position.

The Philadelphia area is the latest of many in which you’ve lived and worked in your career. Are you and your family looking forward to settling down near ASTM Headquarters?

I grew up in Virginia and served in the Army in Indiana and the Pacific Northwest. While with IHS, I worked at one time or another in all 50 states, but had primary home bases in San Francisco, Calif.; Seattle, Wash.; Chicago, Ill.; Richmond, Va.; and Denver. I have also done extensive international business in Europe and the Far East. My wife, Gail, and our children Brittany (17) and Thomas (14) are excited about relocating to Philadelphia with me. //

ASTM Chairman Wayne N. Holliday Named ASNT Executive Director

The American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT), Columbus, Ohio, has announced the appointment of Wayne Holliday, ASTM’s 2003 chair- man of the board, as its executive director. Holliday recently retired from his former position as vice president of technology at LTV Copperweld, Independence, Ohio. Through its organization and membership, ASNT provides a forum for the exchange of nondestructive testing technical information, NDT educational materials and programs, and standards and services for the qualification and certification of NDT personnel. Founded in 1941, ASNT has a membership of over 9,000 individuals representing 90 countries and more than 400 corporate members. The membership is a cross section of NDT practitioners working in manufacturing, construction, education, research, consulting services and the military. Congratulations to Holliday on his new position. //

ASTM and the U.S. Federal Government

In February, ASTM Staff Manager Dan Schultz spoke to representatives of the medical device industry from the Commonwealth of Independent States at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md. The orientation program in which Schultz participated was hosted by NIST’s Specialized American Business Internship Training Program (SABIT), and was part of a month-long program in which over a dozen medical professionals learned about medical technology and the interaction between the medical device industry and the federal government in the United States. Attendees came from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan; they participated in site visits as well as lectures at NIST.

Schultz, the manager of ASTM Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, among other committees, spoke to the group about ASTM’s position as a global standards developer and its interaction with other standards developing organizations, as well as the structure of Committee F04 and its role in the medical device industry.

The SABIT program was established in 1990 by the International Trade Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C. The program’s goal is to support economic restructuring in the Commonwealth of Independent States of the former Soviet Union.

On March 25 four ASTM staff members (Tim Brooke, Teresa Cendrowska, Steve Mawn and Dan Schultz) presented the first ASTM International Standards Participation Workshop to U.S. Food and Drug Administration staff. The half-day event, hosted by the Office of Science and Health Communication, Office of the Commissioner, took place at the U.S. FDA’s Parklawn facility in Rockville, Md.

According to Don Marlowe, standards administrator at FDA, “ASTM is a major source of the standards FDA uses in the management of risk for products and test methods. The meeting was a team building opportunity between the staff of FDA that manage the standards programs for their center and their corresponding staff at ASTM.” For many, this was the first time they had met.

The objectives of the workshop included:

• Sharing information regarding the ease with which FDA centers and technical staff can participate in ASTM International, and the value of such participation;
• Providing an opportunity for networking between ASTM and FDA staff; and
• Identifying FDA needs that might be met or better addressed by ASTM.

The audience included 17 representatives of various FDA centers including the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (including the standards coordinators for CDRH), the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, and the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition. //

Technical and Professional Training in South America

In March, Sal Rand, member of ASTM Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, presented the ASTM Technical and Professional Training course on Fuels Technology in Quito, Ecuador. It was the second time the course was offered there. Co-sponsored by Instituto Ecuatoriano de Normalización (INEN) and ASTM International, the course’s presentation in Ecuador is a benefit of the memorandum of understanding signed by INEN and ASTM in 2002. Forty-nine participants from Ecuador and Peru attended the event, representing government, producer, university, marketing and distribution stakeholders.

The course focuses on key issues related to fuel specifications, performance, additives, storage, and distribution for jet and marine fuels and gasoline. A special session on octane measurement is also included.

According to Felipe Urresta, director-general of INEN, “The second training course on fuels technology presented by Salvatore Rand was a success based on the importance of the subject, the conduct of the instructor, and the organization of the course.”

Also in March, ASTM member and chairman of the ASTM task group on Weigh in Motion (WIM) Systems, Clyde Lee, P.E., taught a two-day course on weighing road vehicles in motion at the Instituto Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia y de la Protección de la Propiedad Intelectual (INDECOPI) facilities in Lima, Peru. The course was based on ASTM standard E 1318, Specification for Highway Weigh-in-Motion (WIM) Systems with User Requirements and Test Methods. Organized by INDECOPI, the course preceded the Sistema Interamericano de Metrología (SIM) seminar on “The Role of Metrology for Economic Development and Quality of Life.” SIM is the regional metrology organization for the Americas.

The class included over 15 participants from the national standards bodies of Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, and Venezuela. During the first day, Lee provided instruction on the reasons for weighing road vehicles, types of road vehicles, terminology, vehicle dynamics, weighing of moving vehicles, calibration, the need for and use of ASTM E 1318, and ASTM’s role in the development of standards. The second day of instruction included a practical application of the standard at a highway scale located 60 km outside of Lima.

José Dajes Castro, director of INDECOPI’s National Metrology Service noted, “The course recently presented in Lima was a complete success. The presenters were of premier quality; the South American participants were pleased by the knowledge and experience of both. I am confident that we can conduct such events in the future.” //

DIN Executive Welcomed at ASTM International Headquarters

Torsten Bahke, the director of Deutsches Institut für Normung (DIN), Germany’s national standards body, paid a courtesy call to ASTM President Jim Thomas at ASTM International Headquarters in late March. The two discussed future cooperative efforts between DIN and ASTM.

Bahke also gave a presentation about DIN to ASTM managers. He described DIN’s business model, its structure, and its relationship to other standards developing organizations around the world, as well as trends in national, regional, and international standardization.

ASTM will present a joint workshop with DIN at ASTM’s April 2004 board meeting in Berlin. //

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