A new international chapter in the UAE, training tailored to MOU partners' needs, and more!
Office of Global Cooperation


ASTM Tailors Training to MOU Partners’ Needs

The Global Cooperation department will soon offer several new capacity-building opportunities. Our goal is to respond to the needs of our MOU partners, strengthen their knowledge of the ASTM standardization process, and share best practices for communication and stakeholder engagement.

We have surveyed our MOU partners, identified the courses of top interest, and will be scheduling the virtual trainings in the coming weeks. Examples of training options are:

- Marketing and Promotion of Standards;

- External Communications and Branding;

- Membership and Stakeholder Engagement;

- Simple Ways to Adopt and Reference ASTM International Standards; and others.

With the recent signing of an MOU with the Eurasian Economic Commission,
the total number of signed MOUs is 111. Over 8,000 citations to ASTM International standards have been reported by MOU and non-MOU countries.

Nominate a Candidate for the Technical Visitor Grant Program

A key initiative under the MOU program that helps us communicate the value of ASTM International’s high quality, market relevant standards is the Technical Visitor Grant Program (TVGP). Through this program, ASTM annually hosts up to two technical experts for 3-4 weeks to participate in an educational program about ASTM standards in a given sector. ASTM funds up to 50% of the program costs.

Nominations for the next technical expert and consideration of candidates is underway.

If you are interested in more details, please contact Effie Voursouki at evoursouki@astm.org.


Questions, comments, requests: Courtney Hepler chepler@astm.org

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Recent issues of Standardization News magazine are now available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

Browse the Office of Global Cooperation website: www.astm.org/GLOBAL.


Asia Pacific


Jaeuk AHNMr. Jaeuk AHN of the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) begins his 11-month month staff attachment at ASTM International's global headquarters in May. Mr. AHN is a Researcher in the International Standards Division.

His areas of study include ways to improve Korean private sector participation in ASTM standards development, and ways to strengthen the partnership between ASTM and KATS in the innovative technology sectors. Jaeuk is the sixth in a series of long-term attachments from KATS.



Representatives from the Japan Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) visited the ASTM International Headquarters in early March to discuss future cooperation. Discussions included an overview of ASTM, bio-jet fuel, robotics, additive manufacturing, and certification.


The Pacific Area Standards Congress (PASC) will conduct its annual general assembly and workshop from 8-11 April in Wellington, New Zealand. On behalf of ASTM International, Teresa Cendrowska will take the opportunity to conduct bilateral meetings with representatives of several MoU partners in the region. If a bilateral meeting is not yet scheduled with representatives attending the program from your nation, please contact Teresa at tcendrowska@astm.org.

Latin America / Caribbean


The Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) will host its annual meeting from May 5-8 this year in Colombia. COPANT provides an excellent opportunity to conduct bilateral meetings with many MoU standards partners. Both Jim Olshefsky and Maria Isabel Barrios (ASTM’s Latin America Representative) will attend.

Sessions can be arranged by contacting María Isabel Barrios (ASTMLatinAmerica@astm.org) or Jim Olshfesky (jolshefsky@astm.org). After the event, ASTM staff will conduct outreach visits in Bogotá with companies and organizations.

Middle East

U.A.E. Chapter

Based on feedback from a November 2018 exploratory meeting in Abu Dhabi, an advisory committee of local stakeholders met in Abu Dhabi recently, and announced plans for an ASTM International Chapter in the UAE. The Chapter launch is scheduled for September 23, 2019.

UAE Trustmark

The Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council recently awarded ASTM International their Trustmark, a symbol of quality.

GSO Workshop

As part of our ongoing work with the GCC Standards Organization (GSO), Len Morrissey and Jim Olshefsky represented ASTM at the GSO Toy Safety training event held in the UAE March 11-13. ASTM’s participation may lead to a liaison agreement between ASTM’s Subcommittee F15.22 on Toy Safety and the GSO Toy Committee.


Market Development Coordinator Program

ASTM International continues its initiatives to build understanding and use of international construction standards and codes in the Middle East under a U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration grant. Conferences and events are being planned through the end of the program in September 2019. These include:

April 29: ASTM speaker to present at the Dubai Civil Defense Safety Forum to be held in the UAE.

April 30: ASTM speaker to present at the Project Qatar Exhibition and Conference in Doha, Qatar.

September 25: Closing event for MDCP project to be held in Kuwait City, Kuwait

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