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April 2009
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ASTM International eNews is a monthly online newsletter that features the latest happenings at ASTM International, including technical committee news, publications, meetings, symposia and more. Like ASTM's bimonthly magazine Standardization News, eNews is a free benefit available to all ASTM members.


HEADLINES . . . This month’s top stories

New Microsoft Program Uses ASTM CCR Standard
The 2009 version of the Microsoft platform Amalga Unified Intelligence System (UIS) incorporates ASTM E2369, Specification for Continuity of Care (CCR), a patient health summary standard intended to support continuity of care, reduce medical errors and increase efficiency by eliminating duplication of tests and procedures. [Full story]

Link to Pages on ASTM Website
A new feature available on allows users to easily create hyperlinks to important subject-specific standards information from the ASTM site. Creating the links is as simple as copying and pasting the HTML code into your Web page's source code. Users can select their standards area of interest and ASTM provides the code for the relevant pages. ASTM International encourages other websites to link and summarize content that adds value for their users. Click here to start creating links for your Web pages.

European Metrics Only Legislation Amended
In December 2008, the European Parliament (EP) voted in favor of adoption of the common position that amends the existing "metrics only" legislation of Directive 80/181/EEC. The amendment indefinitely extends the use of supplementary units of measurement such as pounds and inches. By granting this extension, the Commission, Council and EP are effectively removing a potential barrier that would have seriously hampered transatlantic trade. View more information on the amendment here.

Rules and Regs
A new column in Standardization News will explain the basic concepts outlined in two books used frequently by ASTM committee members: the Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees and the Form and Style for ASTM Standards. The subject of the first installment, which will appear in the May/June issue, is the timing involved in the review and revision of standards. Future columns will provide practical advice on the process of writing and balloting ASTM standards.

ASTM Virtual Classroom
Six Web-based training courses are now available free of charge to all ASTM members through the ASTM Web site. Click here to view course schedules and to register.

Statistics Questions?
DataPoints is a Q&A on statistics that appears regularly in Standardization News. In the May/June issue, repeatability and reproducibility in laboratory studies will be featured. DataPoints is your forum. Send your statistics questions to SN Editor in Chief Maryann Gorman.

ASTM Advantage Award
June 1 is the deadline for the 2009 ASTM International Advantage Award, a paper competition searching for real-life examples that support the positive value of ASTM standards. [Full story]

COMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees

Certificate Programs
A new practice from Committee E36 provides a comprehensive guide for educators in all sectors to develop and administer certificate programs to accomplish their unique training and education goals. [Full story]

Snow Skiing
Several documents developed by Committees F08 and F27 guide much of the safety measures available in skiing today. [Full story]

Medical Materials
Interested parties are invited to join a new F04 task group working on revising the standard on puncture resistance of materials used in containers for discarded medical needles and other sharps. [Full story]

Steel and the Metric System
Committee A01's newest standard will serve as a guide for manufacturers and laboratories that make and test steel products according to standards using the SI system of units. [Full story]

Acid Mist
Committee D22 is working on a new standard that will give air emissions testing bodies the ability to accurately sample and analyze sulfuric acid concentrations. [Full story]

A new test method from Committee D01 uses contact angle measurements to determine the wettability of coatings. [Full story]

Powder Metallurgy
Two recently approved standards from Committee B09 provide user-friendly tests for properties of sintered metallurgy products. [Full story]

Soil and Rock
Committee D18 is working on a new test method that can aid in predicting soil and foundation response to seismic and man-made disturbances. [Full story]

Paintbrush Filaments
More effective quality testing of the synthetic, hollow filaments that are often used in the manufacture of lower cost paintbrushes is the purpose of a new D01 standard. [Full story]

GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world

MOU Signed with Rwanda
ASTM has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Rwanda Bureau of Standards (RBS). The MOU program promotes communication between ASTM International and national standards bodies worldwide. To date, 66 MOUs have been signed. View more information about the ASTM MOU program here.

ASTM President Visits China
ASTM President James A. Thomas met with representatives from various Chinese standardization agencies during a trip to China in April, including the Standardization Administration of China, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the China Electronic Standardization Institute, the China Association for Standardization, the China National Institute of Standardization and the Shandong Institute of Standardization. He also made a presentation about ASTM and international standards at the Shandong Bureau of Quality and Technical Supervision and spoke to students at Tsinghua University in Beijing about standards development and the benefits of ASTM student memberships.

DID YOU KNOW? . . . May is National Bike Month

National Bike Month was established 50 years ago by the League of American Bicyclists to promote bicycle use and safety and is recognized by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. It is important to remember safety first when taking part in cycling activities. Always wear a properly fitted helmet and use proper equipment. Standards developed by ASTM Subcommittee F08.53 on Headgear and Helmets cover helmets for recreational biking, mountain bike racing and BMX cycling, while standards from Subcommittee F08.10 on Bicycles focus on equipment like frames, handlebars, trailers and bicycle child carriers. Visit the ASTM Web site for more information on standards for bike safety.

PUBLICATIONS . . . Publications now available

Manual 63, Just-About-Right (JAR) Scales: Design, Usage, Benefits, and Risks

STP 1510, Skiing Trauma and Safety

STP 1492, Effects of Radiation on Materials: 23rd International Symposium

STP 1493, Repair, Retrofit, and Inspection of Building Exterior Wall Systems

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CALENDAR . . . Committee Weeks, Symposia, Workshops, TPTs

Upcoming ASTM Committee Week Meetings

May Committee Week, May 17-22, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
June Committee Week, June 14-19, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

See information on ASTM technical committee meetings and committee weeks, including locations, schedules and future meeting dates.
View listing of ASTM meetings by committee.

Upcoming Symposia & Workshops

Eighth International Symposium on Bearing
Steel Technologies: Developments in
Rolling Bearing Steels and Testing

May 21-22, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Workshop on Corrosion Mitigation and High
Strength Steel in Concrete Structures

May 18, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Technical Seminar on Antifouling Paint
Highlights: Regulatory, Technology and
Performance Testing

June 23, Norfolk, VA

Fourth International Symposium on
Contaminated Sediments: Sustainable
Management and Remediation

June 30-July 3, Dublin, Ireland

2009 ASTM Johnson Conference:
Standardization of Mold Response Procedures
July 13-15, Burlington, VT


2009 Technical Workshop on Rolling Element Bearings
May 12-14, Hawthorne, CA

Ninth International ASTM/ESIS Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics
May 20-22, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Workshop on Determining the Need and
Developing a Strategy for a Neurotoxicity
Testing Battery

May 19, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Workshop on the Effect of Coatings on the Structural Integrity of Fasteners
May 20, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

View information on current and past symposia and workshops.

Upcoming Technical & Professional Training (TPT) Courses

Aviation Fuels
July 7-9, St. Louis, MO

Coal Chemistry Technician Training
May 20-21 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Corrosion Testing: Application and Use of Salt Fog, Humidity, Cyclic, and Gas Tests
May 12-13, Akron, OH

Crude Oil: Sampling, Testing and Evaluation
June 15-17, Philadelphia, PA

Fire Hazards In Oxygen Systems
May 19-20, Houston, TX
June 16-17, Atlanta, GA

Gasoline: Specifications, Testing and Technology
May 19-21, New Orleans, LA

Major Testing Techniques for Plastics: An Introduction
May 12-14, Las Vegas, NV

Marine Fuels
May 5-7, Houston, TX

Phase I & Phase II Environmental Site Assessment Processes
May 12-14, Kansas City, MO
June 16-18, Little Rock, AR


Phase I Environmental Site Assessment
Practices for Commercial Real Estate: Transaction Screen & Phase I Site Assessment

May 12-13, New York, NY
June 2-3, San Diego, CA
June 9-10, Chicago, IL

Property Condition Assessments
June 2-3, Chicago, IL

Regulatory Compliance for the Flammability of Wearing Apparel
June 16, New York, NY

Regulatory Compliance for the
Flammability of Children's Sleepwear

June 17, New York, NY

Risk-Based Corrective Action (RBCA)
Applied at Petroleum Release Sites

May 12-13, East Lansing, MI

Screening Properties Involved in Real
Estate Transactions for Potential Vapor Intrusion Issues

May 5, Cincinnati, OH; May 6, Detroit, MI
June 2, Plainview, NY; June 3, Edison, NJ
June 4, West Conshohocken, PA

View a full course listing of ASTM TPT courses.
For more information, please visit the ASTM Web site.
To see a full list of ASTM's technical committees and view their Web pages, click here.

ASTM International is one of the world's largest management systems for the development of voluntary standards for materials, products, systems, and services. Currently, ASTM has more than 30,000 members representing industry, government, academia, and consumers. Participation in ASTM International is open to any interested party. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions around the globe.

Erin McElrone, Editor

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