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 July 2005 ASTM International News

Grand Opening of China Office (below)
COPANT Meeting
ASTM Signs MOU with National Standards Body of Ethiopia
Delegation from Shanghai Institute of Standardization
ASTM Staff Service Awards
Community Outreach

China Standards Office Opens with Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony in Beijing

The Consortium for Standards and Conformity Assessment, a private-sector standards and conformity assessment office that will facilitate cooperation and information exchange between U.S. and Chinese counterparts, was officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Beijing, China on May 23. The four members of CSCA are ASTM International, the American Petroleum Institute, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and CSA America.

Speakers at the ribbon-cutting included Clark Randt, U.S. ambassador to China, as well as James Thomas, ASTM International president, Red Cavaney, American Petroleum Institute president, Spencer Grieco, CSA America vice president, and Gene Feigel, American Society of Mechanical Engineers vice president. More than 170 people from the U.S. and China attended the ceremony.

The consortium was formed when the four standards organizations partnered with the U.S. Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration Market Development Cooperator Program in 2004. CSCA provides an on-the-ground link in China to four major organizations that develop international standards and conformity assessment procedures.

In his opening comments at the ceremony, Ambassador Randt said, “CSCA will play an important role in the U.S.-China dialogue on standards-related issues. The office represents one of several ways the U.S. government and private sector are working with our counterparts in China to cooperate to constructively address an area of our relationship that deserves further attention and cooperation: standards.”

Randt also said, “Participation in the development of China’s standards means not only U.S. companies’ consultations on China’s standards development, but also China’s participation in international standards development bodies, including those represented by the CSCA, that follow an open and transparent process.”

In his remarks, ASTM International President Jim Thomas called the opening ceremony a “new day in an old friendship,” and noted the many ways in which ASTM International has been involved in standardization initiatives in China through the years.

The CSCA office will provide Chinese professionals with introductions to a global network of technical experts representing producers, users, government and academia that develop and implement standards and conformity assessment procedures. The office will arrange training on the process of developing international standards, obtain detailed technical information and explanations regarding the application of standards individually or as part of a conformity assessment process and provide information about certification programs.

Chris Lanzit serves as the executive director of CSCA. Lanzit served in the U.S. Air Force, ran the Hughes Electronics Hong Kong office, and was a research fellow at Harvard University. CSCA’s director of operations, Liu Fei, has served as a commercial specialist in the U.S. Embassy’s Trade Facilitation Office in Beijing, and he has also worked with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Ethiopia. //

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Clark Randt, U.S. ambassador to China, speaks at the CSCA ribbon-cutting ceremony in Beijing.
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Consortium leaders and Ambassador Randt look on as Chris Lanzit, CSCA executive director, addresses the audience.
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Jim Thomas, ASTM International president, called the opening ceremony “a new day in an old friendship” in his remarks.
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Celebrating following the May 23 Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for the opening of the Beijing Standards and Conformity Assessment (CSCA) office are (from left to right) Red Cavaney, president of the American Petroleum Institute; Gene Feigel, president-elect of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers; Clark Randt, U.S. ambassador to China; James A. Thomas, president of ASTM International; Spencer Grieco, vice president, CSA America; and Chris Lanzit, executive director of the CSCA office.
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Representatives of the Standards Administration of China (SAC) met with ASTM staff during their May visit to Beijing. From left: Fan Chunnei, Zhang Lin, John Pace, SAC Administrator Li Zhonghai, Jim Thomas, Shi Baoquan and Kitty Kono.
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China National Institute of Standardization Vice President Mr. Zheng Weihua (center) hosted a visit with Jim Thomas (right) and new CSCA Executive Director Chris Lanzit (left).
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Representatives of the Shanghai Institute of Standardization led by their president, Shu Wenhua (fourth from left), hosted a two-day meeting with ASTM staff in Shanghai.
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Bao Steel’s Chen Ying Ying (center) provided ASTM staff members Kitty Kono and Jim Thomas with a grand tour of their facility. Bao Steel uses over 100 different ASTM International standards at their plant in Shanghai.

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