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Drywall Safety Act Cites ASTM Standard

In response to the importation of contaminated drywall that caused health and safety hazards when used in home construction, the Drywall Safety Act of 2012 (PL 112-266) cites ASTM International standard C1264-11, Specification for Sampling, Inspection, Rejection, Certification, Packaging, Marking, Shipping, Handling and Storage of Gypsum Panel Products. C1264 provides the CPSC, states, suppliers and consumers with an effective tool for supply chain communication by specifying that each gypsum panel must be marked for its thickness; the name of the producer or supplier; brand name, if any; and the ASTM specification for the product. The inclusion of C1264 in the Drywall Safety Act will help builders and consumers better understand the origin and source of drywall and other gypsum products.

ASTM International Hosts Trade Discussion with Members OF European Parliament

In May, ASTM International hosted a European-American Business Council roundtable discussion in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, with visiting members of the European Parliament. During the discussion, ASTM’s Jeffrey Grove, vice president, global policy and industry affairs, explained that one way to eliminate non-tariff barriers to trade is to ensure that the standards and regulatory policies of Europe, Canada and the United States provide governments and industry with the flexibility to choose from a broad portfolio of international standards based on technical quality and adherence to principles established by the World Trade Organization.