ASTM Global Policy Vice President Meets Bulgarian Defense Ministry Delegation
Jeffrey Grove, vice president, global policy and industry affairs, ASTM International, recently made a presentation to a delegation from the Ministry of Defense of Bulgaria in Washington, D.C. The delegation was led by Nikolay Velichkov, head of the unit for defense and industrial cooperation and standardization.
The purpose of the delegation’s visit was to become familiar with various aspects of the U.S. standardization system, including civilian standards development. Grove provided an overview of international standardization issues of significance to aerospace and defense stakeholders and discussed the North Atlantic Treaty Organization policy on civil standards.
Of particular interest to the delegation was the technical cooperative agreement that ASTM International signed with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Standardization Agency in 2004 to support mutual interests in cooperating in all fields of standardization. The purpose of the agreement was to assist NATO in achieving technical cooperation with leading international standards providers that will enhance interoperability, lower costs and improve efficiencies in NATO operations.
The Bulgarian delegation was hosted by the Defense Standardization Program Office of the U.S. Department of Defense.
Annual Reports Track Success of MOUs in Colombia and Uruguay
The national standards bodies of Colombia and Uruguay have recently provided annual reports that indicate the continued success of their memorandums of understanding with ASTM International. These reports are among those supplied each year by the 69 national standards bodies that have memorandums of understanding with ASTM International.
ASTM International’s MOU program was initiated in 2001, with the first MOU signed by Instituto Colombiano de Normas Técnicas y Certificación, the nonprofit organization that oversees the compliance of national and international standards in Colombia. ICONTEC is an open organization with members from the Colombian government, private sector, academia and others who are interested in standardization.
Since the MOU signing, ICONTEC has used hundreds of ASTM standards as the basis for Colombian national standards. In the past year alone, ICONTEC reports that they have consulted close to 300 ASTM standards in the preparation of Colombian national standards and have adopted 34 ASTM standards as identical standards. The standards cover a wide range of industry sectors from ASTM’s 141 technical committees.
ICONTEC also reports that several international standards developed by ASTM Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices have been used in support of Colombia’s upcoming legislation on amusement parks, and the Asociación Colombiana de Atracciones y Parques de Diversiones is planning to develop a handbook based on these standards.
The broad relevance and application of ASTM standards in Colombia initially led to the MOU between ASTM and ICONTEC. “Colombia has benefited from support and technology transfer from ASTM International through timely updated information and answers from ASTM committee experts to the inquiries from Colombian national committees. This has been a significant added value for the national standardization process,” says Germán Nava, director of standardization, ICONTEC.
The Instituto Uruguayo de Normas Técnicas, the national standards body of Uruguay, signed an MOU with ASTM in 2001. Since the signing, Uruguay has adapted, adopted or referenced more than 100 ASTM standards in various sectors including metals, concrete, and paint and coatings.
This year, UNIT published a complete set of national standards for biofuels, many of which are based on ASTM International standards. In 2007, James A. Thomas, ASTM president, visited Uruguay and encouraged stakeholders to reference ASTM International standards from Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants in the promotion of renewable energy.
In the past few years, UNIT standards have been established for the use of biodiesel (B100) at 2 percent in diesel automotive fuels. In January 2010, petroleum mixed with biodiesel and ethanol fuels were put on the market in Uruguay at a pilot scale. In this regard, UNIT has benefitted from ASTM international biodiesel standards from Committee D02. “This has been a good example of how standards can benefit the energy needs, the environment and society as a whole, and a successful result of the MOU between ASTM and UNIT,” says Pablo J. Benia, general director of UNIT.
The ASTM Memorandum of Understanding Program
Initiated in 2001, ASTM International’s MOU program promotes communication between ASTM International and national standards bodies worldwide, fostering awareness of the standardization systems of all parties involved. The purpose of the program is to increase worldwide participation in the ASTM standards development process and facilitate the development of national standards that will aid health, safety, and environmental and economic conditions. More information on the MOU program can be found on the ASTM International Web site.
ASTM Sponsors Chemical Engineering Major for WISE Program
Hattie Larson, a chemical engineering major in her third year at Florida State University, will be sponsored by ASTM International for the 2010 Washington Internships for Students of Engineering program. Larson will focus on a topic in the area of renewable and alternative energies.
Larson has experience in research about X-ray crystallographic analysis as a freshman. Recently elected vice president of her university’s student chapter of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Larson is an active member of Tau Beta Pi at Florida State and is an ASTM student member.
The WISE program gives eligible engineering students an opportunity for a paid summer internship in Washington, D.C. During the program, interns learn how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues and how engineers can contribute to legislative and regulatory public policy.
In addition to ASTM International, other sponsors of the WISE program are:
Delegation from Japanese Standards Association Visits ASTM
Takashi Nakakuki and colleagues from the Japanese Standards Association visited ASTM International as part of a research project on behalf of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan to explore how other countries obtain consumer input and address consumer needs in the standards development process. Nakakuki was joined by Makiko Kawamura, Megumi Hosoya and Etsuko Akiba, all of JSA.
The delegation met with ASTM’s Katharine Morgan, vice president, technical committee operations, and Leonard Morrissey, manager of Committee F15 on Consumer Products, to discuss the various approaches that ASTM takes to obtain consumer input and participation.
In addition, ASTM staff members Teresa Cendrowska, vice president, global cooperation; James Olshefsky, director, external relations; and Sarah Naouri, manager, global cooperation, made a presentation to the delegation on ASTM’s global initiatives with a specific emphasis on initiatives in Japan.
ASTM Annual Business Meeting
The 2010 ASTM Annual Business Meeting will be held at the members’ breakfast on Wednesday, June 9, during the ASTM June committee week meetings in St. Louis, Mo. The complimentary breakfast begins at 7 a.m. at the Renaissance St. Louis Grand and Suites Hotel. For further information, contact Maureen Houck (phone: 610-832-9594).