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News of the ASTM International Board of Directors

ASTM International’s board of directors last met April 22-24 at ASTM International headquarters in West Conshohocken, Pa. The following is a summary of reports made and actions taken at those meetings.

For further details on any of the following topics, contact ASTM President James A. Thomas, ASTM, 100 Barr Harbor Dr., P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959 (phone: 610-832-9598).

Nominating Committee

The ASTM International board approved the 2013 Nominating Committee, which is charged with selecting the slate of candidates for the 2014 board. The committee is composed of the three most recent past chairs of the ASTM board and six other individuals. The following people are serving on the Nominating Committee:

  • Ali Afnan, Step Change Pharma Inc., Olney, Md.;
  • Frank Ehrenfeld, International Asbestos Testing, Mount Laurel, N.J.;
  • Tripp Fischer, Brownfield Science Technology Inc., Cochranville, Pa.;
  • Paul Hough, Armstrong World Industries, Lancaster, Pa.;
  • Ray Henderson, Essroc Italcementi Group, Nazareth, Pa.;
  • Catherine H. Pilarz, former ASTM chairman of the board, Fisher-Price, East Aurora, N.Y.;
  • Roger E. Stoller, former ASTM chairman of the board, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Oak Ridge, Tenn.;
  • Terry Woods, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Silver Spring, Md.; and
  • Kenneth F. Yarosh, former ASTM chairman of the board, Dow Corning Corp., Midland, Mich.

Technical Committee Operations

Katharine Morgan, vice president of technical committee operations, reported on activities within that division and requested board approval of a number of items.

The board of directors approved the addition of Section 7.3 to the Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees; the new section concerns the assignment of voting interests to a trade association made up of a limited number of organizations and provides requirements for the classification of such associations.

The board also approved the merger of ASTM Committee E47 on Biological Effects and Environmental Fate into ASTM Committee E50 on Environmental Assessment, Risk Management and Corrective Action. Most E47 standards will be transferred to the jurisdiction of new Subcommittee E50.47 on Biological Effects and Environmental Fate, with additional standards transferred to Subcommittee E50.05 on Environmental Risk Management and to Committee D19 on Water.

Finally, the board approved society recognition for the following committee awards:

  • The Dieter-Hestermann Award of Committee E53 on Asset Management, which recognizes distinguished service by individual Committee E53 members;
  • The Harry Farrar IV Award of Committee E61 on Radiation Processing, which recognizes outstanding performance in service to Committee E61 or to one of its technical subcommittees; and
  • The Laurence R. “Nuke” Newcome Award of Committee F38 on Unmanned Aircraft Systems, which recognizes outstanding contributions to UAS standards development as a task group leader or standards author.

Global Outreach

Highlights of the global outreach report by Teresa Cendrowska, ASTM vice president, global cooperation, included news about the Memorandum of Understanding Program, programs for visiting experts from other nations, training on the use of ASTM standards and regional activities.

As of the board meeting, 80 MOUs had been signed with national or regional standards bodies in developing economies. The MOU facilitates the exchange of information between ASTM and its MOU partners and supports the global application of ASTM standards. Cendrowska noted that there are more than 6,000 known citations of ASTM standards in both MOU and non-MOU nations.

Other methods of facilitating information exchange are various programs that engage standards professionals from around the world at ASTM International headquarters. The Standards Expert Program is in its ninth year and welcomes up to three representative experts from national standards bodies; this year representatives from Egypt, the Philippines, and Trinidad and Tobago will work at ASTM in the fall as well as attend the November committee week in Atlanta, Ga., and visit related organizations in Washington, D.C., and New York, N.Y. Meanwhile, ASTM is hosting Ms. Chang-ae Cho for nine months as attached staff from the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards. Chang is focusing on the public-private partnership in the U.S. standards system. Finally, Cendrowska reported that, based on the positive experience with attached staff, ASTM will offer an MOU Technical Visitor Grant Program beginning in 2013. Offered to ASTM’s MOU signatories, the program is intended to benefit a technical expert from the national standards body staff or one of its technical committees, who will be exposed to standards-related information and activities in a given sector within ASTM’s scope of work.

Proposals for Intensive Training Programs have been offered to various entities for consideration. ITPs are specially formulated training programs developed at the request of an industry sector or foreign government to provide the designated delegates with working knowledge and hands-on experience with specific ASTM technical standards, technical committees or elements of ASTM procedure.

Lastly, Cendrowska reported on regional activities in Latin America, the Middle East and Asia. ASTM continues to work with its offices in Mexico and China to meet the needs of industry and government in those nations, and regularly participates in and presents at global standardization events such as meetings of the Association for Southeast Asian Nations Consultative Committee on Standards and Quality, the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation/ASEAN workshop, and the Pan American Standards Commission assembly. Directly after the board meetings, ASTM staff hosted representatives of the Standardization Organization of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf (GSO) for a workshop on sustainability in construction.

Government and Industry Relations

Jeffrey Grove, ASTM International vice president of global policy and industry affairs, reported on activities of the ASTM office in Washington, D.C., which interacts with the U.S. Congress and federal agencies, corporations and trade associations, and related policy organizations to raise a greater awareness of and address standards, regulatory and trade issues of concern to ASTM and its members and stakeholders.

To date in 2013, ASTM Washington office staff have met with Congressional staff from committees responsible for science and technology, commerce and energy, transportation and infrastructure, trade and small business. The meetings have focused on the importance of standards to innovation and competitiveness, global commerce and specific areas where ASTM standards can bolster legislation, such as hydraulic fracturing, environmental due diligence, green buildings and construction, and toy and consumer product safety.

Grove reported that the ASTM Washington office staff regularly works with TCO staff to coordinate outreach with representatives of companies, trade associations and consumer groups to explain ASTM’s mission and objectives and discuss potential areas of collaboration. Outreach meetings so far in 2013 include the National Association of Home Builders, Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Rubber Manufacturers Association, Motor and Equipment Manufacturers Association, Society of the Plastics Industry, WASTEC-Environmental Industries Associations, BASF and Illinois Tool Works.

In Europe, Grove’s staff continues to engage in outreach activities that raise greater awareness with the European Parliament and Commission, business and trade associations, and other European stakeholders. In January, Sara Gobbi was named ASTM’s director of European Union affairs; she is staffing the ASTM office in Brussels, Belgium, which was opened with a formal ceremony in February. Regarding the talks on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, Grove reported that ASTM has made strategic engagement in the T-TIP a key priority for 2013 due to the significance of the discussions and the potential impacts on ASTM and our members. In concert with other standards developing organizations, the ASTM Washington office participated in meetings earlier this year with top U.S. officials involved in the T-TIP negotiations and members of the business community.

ASTM Satellite Offices

Since the last meeting of the ASTM International board of directors in October 2012, two new satellite offices have opened — in Canada and Belgium. Staff connected with those offices reported on the activities of each office, in Brussels, Belgium; Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Beijing, China; London, England; and Mexico City, Mexico. For more information about the work of ASTM’s offices, see the upcoming article on the subject in the November/December 2013 issue of SN.

Academic Outreach

Teresa Cendrowska reported on ASTM International’s ongoing outreach program that helps professors show the technical and business benefits of standards to students at the college and university level. She reported on the launch of the 2013 Recognizing Librarians campaign, which honors and provides resources to the information professionals who advance the educational missions of their institutions and introduce innovative ways to meet the needs of the science, technology, engineering and math disciplines. Other related activities include:

  • The Professor of the Year Award, granted every two years, which will be awarded in 2013 to recognize the contribution of educators in developing students’ understanding of standards.
  • The ASTM International Graduate Scholarship, which rewards graduate students who have demonstrated high levels of interest in or involvement with ASTM standards; two $10,000 scholarships will be awarded to qualified students in 2013.
  • The WISE program (Washington Internships for Students of Engineering); ASTM sponsors a student in the program every year; this year ASTM will sponsor a materials science and engineering student from Ohio State University, who will prepare a public policy paper during the program on the extent of nanomaterial use in commercial products, its potential impact on human and environmental health, and appropriate directions for national policy or regulation.

Corporate Communications

Barbara Schindler, director of ASTM corporate communications, reported on new publications and materials available from her department. The 2012 Annual Report, entitled “Feedback,” was under development at the time of the meeting and has since been published. In addition to financial information, the report features a wide-ranging overview of new subcommittees, standards, and product and service offerings developed in 2012. The first 2013 edition of the Chinese-language Standardization News was published in the first quarter of 2013; the magazine is developed in partnership with China Standardization Press, a joint subsidiary of the China National Institute of Standardization and the China Association for Standardization. Nearly 10,000 copies of the print magazine will be distributed to CAS members and local institutes of standardization, national standardization technical committees, the Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China, other organizations, and at national and provincial standardization events.

Schindler also cited corporate communications’ media outreach, as well as brochures, magazine reprints and miscellaneous materials that aid staff in promoting ASTM’s capabilities to business, government and academia.

Certification Programs

Timothy Brooke, ASTM vice president of certification, training and proficiency testing, reported on activities of the Committee on Certification Programs. The committee approved the creation of a new certificate program for light sport aircraft, which provides strategies for implementing widely accepted internal quality control and production procedures to ensure compliance with ASTM standards. Other programs under development include product certification for oil recovery skimmers and hand-held metal detectors; personnel certification for building enclosure and commissioning; and personnel certificates for environmental site assessment and property condition assessment. In the area of environmental product declarations, or EPDs, for which ASTM International became a program operator last year, Brooke reported that his division is actively working with industry to develop product category rules for roofing (with the Single Ply Roofing Industry), slag cement (with the Slag Cement Association), portland cement (with the Portland Cement Association), and sealants (with the Adhesive and Sealant Council).

Membership

Daniel Smith, assistant vice president of technical committee operations, reported on the status of ASTM International’s membership. Highlights of his presentation included the following data:

  • The number of participating members has been steadily increasing since 2004 (up a total of 23.5 percent). ASTM continues to engage membership promotions and outreach efforts.
  • The number of organizational members continues to grow; in the past year, ASTM has attracted 47 new international organizational members.
  • International membership continues to grow, with non-U.S. members representing nearly 20 percent of total membership excluding students.

W.T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award

The board voted to honor Greg B. Hale and Jack E. Parr as recipients of the 2013 William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award. Hale is chief safety officer and vice president of worldwide standards and auditing for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Orlando, Fla. Parr is chairman and CEO of Extremity Innovations, Cordova, Tenn., and president of Medical Technology Development, Memphis, Tenn. The Cavanaugh 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 on recipients of the award. Established in 1987, the award honors William T. Cavanaugh, who firmly established ASTM International as the world leader in the development and dissemination of voluntary consensus standards during his service as chief executive officer from 1970 to 1985.

This article appears in the issue of Standardization News.