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 February 2006 ASTM International News

MOU Signed with Jordanian Standards Institution
Nominating Committee Welcomes Board Nominations
Spanish Translation Task Group Launched
Nominations Sought for Cavanaugh Award
Bogota Workshop
Latin American Outreach at Committee Week
Highways Delegation from China

ASTM International Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Jordan Institution for Standards and Metrology

The national standards body of Jordan has recently signed a memorandum of understanding with ASTM International. James Thomas, president, ASTM International, and Yaseen Khayyat, director, Jordan Institute of Standards and Metrology, signed the MOU in December 2005.

“The MOU is the result of the two sides’ eagerness to create a solid base for their future cooperation,” said Khayyat, who added that JISM would now have the opportunity to utilize ASTM’s resources to strengthen the Jordanian national standards system.

ASTM International President Thomas noted that the MOU would prove to be mutually beneficial. “Signing this memorandum of understanding begins a productive new era of cooperation between JISM and ASTM International. I believe that both organizations will learn and grow from the opportunities provided in this agreement,” said Thomas.

The purpose of ASTM International’s MOU program is to promote communication between ASTM International and national standards bodies; promote knowledge of each other’s standards development activities; facilitate greater worldwide participation in the ASTM standards development process; and facilitate the development of national standards that will aid each country’s health, safety, environmental and economic conditions. ASTM International has now signed MOUs with the national standards bodies of 44 countries.

Earlier this year, JISM participated in the Open House for Middle East, North Africa and South Asia Standards Leaders held at ASTM International Headquarters. The event was a gathering of 62 executives of national standards bodies, including Jordan, which was represented by Rula Madanat, director of the JISM Information Center.

For more information on ASTM International’s MOU program, contact Kitty Kono, vice president for global cooperation (phone: 610/832-9687). //

Nominating Committee Welcomes Suggestions for ASTM Board

The ASTM Nominating Committee, appointed annually by the ASTM board of directors, welcomes suggestions from the ASTM membership for candidates for the following positions on the 2007 board of directors:

• Chairman (one-year term);
• Vice chairman (two-year term); and
• Six directors (three-year terms).

Complete biographical information, including candidate’s name, title, business address, education, as well as candidate’s professional experience, affiliations, honors and awards, should be sent to ASTM Nominating Committee, Attn: Maureen Houck, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, PO Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428. Nominations must be received by April 1. Contact Maureen Houck if you need further information (phone: 610/832-9594). //

ASTM International Launches Spanish Translation Task Group

ASTM International has established its first Spanish translation task group, designated T01, to translate the standards cited in the American Concrete Institute’s publication 318, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete. Currently there are nine participants from Argentina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Panama and Peru. The task group leader is Enrique Pascal of UNICON, an organization for professionals in the concrete industry located in Lima, Peru. Jessica Hychalk, ASTM’s manager of global cooperation, will facilitate the administrative work for the task group. Documents and translations from the task group will be posted online and discussions will occur through virtual meetings, ASTM’s online teleconferencing meeting system. //

Nominations Sought for William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award

Nominations are being sought for the William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award. Established in 1987, this award is granted to a person of widely recognized eminence in the voluntary standards system who may or may not be a member of ASTM International. The title of honorary member is bestowed upon recipients of this award.

Nominations should contain a citation of 25 words or less, career background and details on the candidate’s outstanding contributions within ASTM at the Society level as well as to other standards organizations or professional societies. All offices and special positions held in each organization should be identified, and accomplishments to advance the efforts of the global standards community specifically identified.

Nominations must be received by April 1. Send nominations to the Executive Committee, c/o the President’s Office, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, PO Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428. Contact Maureen Houck for a copy of the award criteria or if you need additional information (phone: 610/832-9594). //

Bogotá Workshop Focuses on Plastics, Auto Parts, Construction Materials Industries

On Dec. 1-2, 2005, ASTM International participated in a workshop in Bogotá, Colombia, that focused on the plastics, auto parts, and construction materials industries. The two-day workshop was conducted in cooperation with the Colombian Government, including the Ministry of Trade, and PROEXPORT, the local Chamber of Commerce and Colombia Productiva/USAID. The workshop’s objective was to improve Colombian competitiveness through increased knowledge of international standards and conformity assessment procedures.

On the first day of the event, Teresa Cendrowska, ASTM’s director for external relations, provided an overview of standardization from the U.S. and ASTM perspective. The day’s events also included presentations on:

• A strategy for developing exports in the manufacturing sector, presented by the Chamber of Commerce of Bogotá;
• Technical regulations and their international aspects, presented by the Department of Standardization, Colombian Ministry of Industry and Commerce;
• Standardization from the Colombian perspective, presented by the Colombian Institute for Technical Normalization; and
• The situation, opportunities and challenges to the Colombian manufacturing sector, presented by the Colombian National Department of Planning.

The second day’s program included breakout sessions on the following topics and were facilitated as noted:

• The U.S. system for construction codes as presented by the International Code Council;
• Seismic and wind load considerations for building construction presented by respective experts from the National Institute of Standards and Technology;
• Technical and legal considerations for food and drug packaging from the U.S. market’s perspective presented by AAC Consulting Group; and
• The safety regulation and certification system for the U.S. automotive sector as presented by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration of the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Participants at each day’s events engaged in active question and answer exchanges and the sessions successfully served the objective of increased knowledge and networking. //

Latin American Outreach Emphasized During Committee Week

Outreach to Latin American ASTM members was emphasized at the December 2005 ASTM Committee Week in Dallas, Texas. A joint presentation and reception hosted by ASTM for Latin American delegates provided an opportunity for members of Committees C01 on Cement and C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates to create contacts with Latin American delegates and to discuss current issues and upcoming events. A brief presentation was given by Jim Olshefsky, ASTM staff manager of Committees C01 and C09, and Jessica Hychalk, ASTM manager of global cooperation, regarding the committees’ Latin American outreach and the launch of ASTM’s Spanish translation program (see story above).

In addition to the reception, ASTM International sponsored Jaime Restrepo’s trip to the committee week. The trip provided Restrepo, who represents Instituto de Normas Tecnicas de Costa Rica (INTECO), the opportunity to experience several committee meetings firsthand, including C09, D04 on Road and Paving Materials, and E36 on Conformity Assessment. Restrepo also was given an orientation to ASTM International and had the opportunity to meet with other Latin American representatives. //

Delegation from China’s Research Institute of Highways Visits ASTM International

A delegation from China’s Research Institute of Highways, a part of China’s Ministry of Communications, visited ASTM International Headquarters in December 2005. RIOH is a comprehensive technical research and development organization providing research and standards for the road and transportation industry. Leading the delegation was Mrs. Su Wen Ying, vice director of the Traffic Engineering Supervision and Testing Center (center, first row). The group was especially interested in standards from ASTM Committees D04 on Road and Paving Materials, D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials, and Applications, and E12 on Color and Appearance.

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