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Global Cooperation: In Recognition of ASTM International’s MOU Partners
Click here to learn more about the ASTM International MOU Program and other initiatives of the Global Cooperation division. You will find links to the national standards bodies described in this article, information on the World Trade Organization and ASTM International, ASTM’s open house program, how to join the ASTM global community and take advantage of training opportunities, and more.
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Afghan National Standardization Authority

MOU signed November 2005

In his remarks at the signing ceremony between ANSA and ASTM International, ASTM President James Thomas commented, “I am pleased that ANSA recognizes the importance of utilizing globally recognized standards to assist in the continued development of infrastructure in Afghanistan, to raise their capability to export and compete in global markets, and to meet the emerging needs of consumers, regulators and industry.”

Ziauddin Zia, Afghanistan’s deputy minister of commerce and ANSA director, and James Thomas, ASTM president, signed an MOU in November 2005 at ASTM International headquarters.

Since signing the MOU, ANSA reports that it has adopted or plans to reference 44 ASTM International standards on petroleum and cement products. Afghanistan has five individuals participating in ASTM standards development and has taken advantage of ASTM’s training program for MOU countries by participating via virtual meeting technology in a session on ASTM standards development.


Instituto Boliviano de Normalización y Calidad

MOU signed June 2002

Since signing its MOU in mid-2002, IBNORCA reports that it has adopted, adapted or referenced 63 ASTM International standards for a wide variety of sectors, from metals to cement and concrete, adhesives, plastics, color and appearance and more. The standards body has named six individuals as members of ASTM. In 2001, IBNORCA sent a representative to the first ASTM open house program, which was for Latin American and Caribbean countries.

Robert Holcombe (standing, right), vice chairman of Committee D13 on Textiles, at the technical assistance training session in La Paz, Bolivia (click here to enlarge photo).

In February of this year, IBNORCA welcomed ASTM member Robert Holcombe to La Paz, where he trained 10 Bolivian experts in the use of ASTM International standards for textiles. IBNORCA was one of the first MOU signatories to take advantage of the several technical assistance training programs ASTM plans to provide in 2007.

Korey Eguino Caillet, executive director of IBNORCA, comments, “Some ASTM standards are referenced in Bolivian legislation,” adding that ASTM standards are used in the Andean Community of Nations, especially with respect to textiles and manufacturing. Eguino continues, “We hope that ASTM standards achieve a major impact on a national level and that there is further active participation in all activities.”

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Institute for Standardization of Bosnia and Herzegovina

MOU signed March 2002

The national standards body of this small nation, BAS, has adopted, adapted or referenced 50 ASTM International standards in the areas of paint, petroleum, protective coatings for power generation facilities, and color and appearance.


Bulgarian Institute for Standardization

MOU signed January 2003 BDS, Bulgaria’s national standards body, has adopted, adapted or referenced 56 ASTM International standards from a wide range of technical areas, including steel, petroleum, construction products, rubber, plastics, metallography, mechanical testing, corrosion control and more. Bulgaria has 15 people participating in ASTM standards development.

Kamelia Milanova, BDS’ international programs and projects expert, comments, “ASTM International standards play an active and specific role as references in many Bulgarian regulations and other legislative documents. Annually, about 70 to 100 ASTM standards are distributed by BDS in Bulgaria as a basis for removing technical barriers to trade and to improve the quality and safety of products and processes. The Bulgarian Institute for Standardization strives to maintain effective cooperation with ASTM International with a view to be proactive in the promotion of ASTM International standards and to participate as observers in the work of 36 ASTM technical committees.”


Instituto Nacional de Normalización

MOU signed May 2002

Chile has benefited from ASTM International’s many offerings in its MOU program. The country participated in the November 2001 open house program for Latin American and Caribbean countries at ASTM headquarters, and recently took advantage of the training on ASTM’s standards development process offered to MOU signatories via virtual meeting. Seventeen Chileans participate in ASTM. In addition, INN has adapted, adopted or referenced 67 ASTM standards from technical sectors as varied as metals, construction products, paint, petroleum, wood, soil and rock, fire and fasteners.


Standards Administration of China

MOU signed August 2004

ASTM International enhanced its longstanding relationship with Chinese standards developers by signing an MOU with SAC in 2004 in Beijing. SAC reports that 429 ASTM International standards have been adopted, adapted or referenced in China. The list of technical areas in which China has used these standards is among the longest in ASTM’s records of national use, and encompasses most of the industry sectors in which ASTM technical committees have a presence.

Madame Zhang Yanhua, vice administrator of the Standardization Administration of the People’s Republic of China, and James Thomas, president, ASTM International (both seated) sign the memorandum of understanding in 2004 (click here to enlarge photo).

In signing the MOU, SAC agreed to promote the acceptance and use of ASTM standards in China, utilize ASTM’s resources to develop Chinese national standards and reference ASTM standards where applicable in Chinese national standards, and provide access to current ASTM standards via a link to ASTM International’s Web site on the SAC home page. SAC also facilitates connections between Chinese technical experts and ASTM International technical committees to ensure that the standards meet the needs of Chinese industry; toward this end, 250 Chinese professionals are members of ASTM.

Madame Zhang Yanhua speaking at the 2003 open house for Asia-Pacific standards leaders.

In 2005, ASTM was honored to host SAC standards expert Mrs. He Ting in a monthlong internship at ASTM headquarters, where she learned about technical committee organization, electronic balloting, ASTM’s publishing program and more.

Zhang Lin, director general in the International Standards Department at SAC, comments, “As one of the most professional SDOs in the world, ASTM International has provided a lot of opportunities for our technical experts to further understand the American standardization system through their participation in ASTM’s standards development process. The cooperation and communication between SAC and ASTM International has also been greatly strengthened through the activities listed in our MOU, including training and the exchange of information and personnel.”

Mrs. He Ting came to ASTM International headquarters for one month in autumn 2005 as part of ASTM’s program for visiting standards experts.

In 2006, members of SAC staff participated via virtual meeting in a training session on ASTM International’s standards development process.


Instituto Colombiano de Normas Técnicas y Certificacion

MOU signed August 2001

ASTM International’s first MOU was signed with ICONTEC in 2001. Colombia has used over 800 ASTM standards as the basis of Colombian national standards; the scope of industry sectors influenced by these standards is comprehensive. ICONTEC staff has received training on ASTM’s standards development process as part of its MOU. Sixty-three professionals from Colombia serve on ASTM technical committees; later this year, ICONTEC will send a standards expert to ASTM headquarters for a one-month internship.

2001 ASTM Chairman of the Board Donald Marlowe, ASTM President James Thomas and ICONTEC Executive Director Fabio Tobon sign ASTM International’s first MOU (click here to enlarge photo).

On the subject of his organization’s MOU with ASTM, ICONTEC Executive Director Fabio Tobon remarks, “We have been working with ASTM standards as the basis of our Colombian national standards for a long time. In fact, some 20 to 25 percent of our standards are based on ASTM’s. Ever since we signed the MOU with this organization, we have increased our sales of their standards in Colombia and our work has been greatly facilitated. We have also been able to participate in ASTM workshops and in the ASTM technical committees that are of interest to our industry. We have really enjoyed our MOU with ASTM and have benefited from it.”


Office Congolais de Contrôle

MOU signed May 2007

The Office Congolais de Contrôle signed its MOU with ASTM at the end of the May open house for sub-Saharan Africa standards leaders and looks forward to partnership with ASTM International.

Signing the Congo-ASTM MOU are James Thomas, president, ASTM International, and Guillaume Ligongo Maliba, director of standardization management, Office Congolais de Contrôle.

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