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 December 2006
ASTM International News

Committee F40 on Declarable Substances Meets in Shanghai

ASTM International Committee F40 held their meeting in Shanghai, China, on Oct. 11-12. The meeting was hosted by the Thermo Electron Corporation at one of their two factories in Shanghai. Approximately 30 people attended the two-day meeting. Extensive time was spent working on standards and four virtual meetings have been scheduled for follow-up work.

Participants in the F40 Committee on Declarable Substances meeting in Shanghai stand in front of the Thermo Electron Corporation where the meeting was held.

In conjunction with the F40 meeting, 74 delegates from the United States and China attended a workshop on China RoHS, presented by ASTM International and the Shanghai Institute of Standardization in cooperation with the U.S. Trade and Development Agency and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. The purpose of the workshop was to foster international coordination in the development of declarable substances standards. The following presentations were made at the workshop, which took place at SIS headquarters in Shanghai. Brynn Iwanowski, F40 staff manager, ASTM International, presented an introduction to U.S. consensus standards development and balloting, while Tim McGrady, chairman, Committee F40, spoke on the committee and its approach to standardization. Xing Wiebing, chief engineer, China Electronic Standardization Institute, MII, spoke on China RoHS regulation implementation and Ministry of Information industry sector standards and Jiang Wenbo, secretariat, China RoHS standardization, China Quality Certification Center, presented on Chinese RoHS national standards development. //

ASTM International Launches New Foreign Language Web Sites

ASTM International recently launched three new “mini-Web sites” for Chinese-, Japanese-, and Spanish-speaking readers. The mini-Web sites contain 12 primary Web Pages that include information on standards, technical committees, membership, training, directories, proficiency testing and global cooperation. To view the ASTM mini-Web sites, please go to the main home page at and click on the Chinese, Japanese or Spanish next to the site search box at the top of the home page. //

ASTM Officers Training Workshop

Over 100 ASTM International members attended the 2006 Officers Training Workshop Sept. 11-12 at ASTM International Headquarters. Participants had the opportunity to attend the following training sessions:

• Strategic Planning and New Activity Development
• ASTM International in the Global Arena
• ASTM Government Interface and Corporate Outreach
• Proficiency Testing Program/Interlaboratory Studies
• Subcommittee Chairman’s Duties and Responsibilities
• Main Committee Officer’s Duties and Responsibilities
• Editorial Module: Timeline of a Balloted Standard’s Development
• ASTM Online
• Balloting/Handling Negative Votes
• Membership and Awards
• Technical and Professional Training/Symposia and Workshops
• Corporate Communications

The purpose of the Officers Training Workshop is to make ASTM officers aware of the many tools available to them to maximize the effectiveness of their committees, subcommittees and task groups. The next Officers Training Workshop will take place in 2008. //

Ken Pearson, ASTM vice president, technical committee operations, welcomes participants to the 2006 Officers Training Workshop.

(From left to right) Staff manager Steve Mawn and editors Emilie Whealen and Jessica Rosiak presented the “Timeline of a Balloted Standard’s Development”editorial module.

Jeff Adkins, chair of the Officers Training Workshop, consults with Charles Interrante, chair of Subcommittee C26.01 on Terminology, during the event.

Staff Manager Represents Medical and Surgical Materials Committee at ISO TC 150 Meeting in Vienna

Daniel Schultz, manager of ASTM International Committee F04 on Medical and Surgical Materials and Devices, visited Vienna to attend the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 150 meeting on implants for surgery. In recent years there has been a concerted effort to coordinate the workflow of the ASTM International and ISO committees in order to avoid duplication. Regulators of surgical devices look to F04 and TC150 to work together in a fashion that will assist in regulation harmonization where standards are involved. For more information on Committee F04 or the U.S. technical advisory group to TC 150, contact Daniel Schultz.

In August, children in West Conshohocken participated in the MacKenzie Park Tee Shirt Design Contest sponsored by ASTM International. The first and second place winners in the following categories were: (5-7 year-olds) Kelsey Ryan, Hailey Conner; (8-10 year-olds) Erin Ryan, Samantha Gwalthney; (11 and older) Mary Kate Ryan, Nicole Priest. ASTM provided tee shirts of three separate winning designs to children who attended the West Conshohocken Summer Park Program. In addition to the contest, ASTM International sponsored trips for the park program participants to Longwood Gardens and the Philadelphia Zoo.

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