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 July 2006 Tech News

Committee on Declarable Substances Approves Terminology Standard

ASTM International Committee F40 on Declarable substances in Materials has recently approved its first standard, F 2576, Terminology Relating to Declarable Substances in Materials. The standard, which will serve as the committee’s lexicon of terms, abbreviations and units, is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F40.91 on Terminology. Nine terms are listed in the standard, which will be expanded as needed.

Committee F40 was formed in 2005 and addresses issues related to the development of standards for the evaluation of materials and products relative to the regulation of hazardous substances and similar requirements.

Timothy McGrady, chair, Committee F40, encourages participation in future revisions of F 2576, as well as in other standards development activities of Committee F40. “We welcome participation from any interested business sector, from law firms to raw material producers, from laboratories to manufacturers of all kinds,” says McGrady. “We always need participants willing to donate their time and efforts to the development of standards.”

One proposed new standard that Committee F40 is working on is WK11200, Test Method for Identification and Quantification of Declarable Substances in Polymeric Materials Using X-Ray Fluoresence (XRF) Spectroscopy. According to task group chair Taco van der Maten, WK11200 will describe an XRF method to identify and quantify the chemical elements pertaining to EU and Chinese legislation for Regulation of Hazardous Substances and Waste of Electric and Electronic Equipment.

“Manufacturers will be able to use this proposed method to produce compliant products,” says van der Maten. “Recipients and customers will be able to use it to screen their incoming products, thus enabling users to sort materials in pass, fail or further investigation categories.”

WK11200 is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee F40.01 on Test Methods. The subcommittee is actively seeking participation in the development of the proposed standard, particularly from representatives of polymer producing and polymer processing and polymer testing companies.

See the feature section of this issue for more information about Committee F40’s work. //

Technical Information (F2576): Timothy McGrady, Serious Science, Cortland, N.Y.
Phone: 607/753-9075

Technical Information (WK11200): Taco van der Maten, PANalytical B.V., The Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0) 546 534372

ASTM staff: Brynn Iwanowski
Phone: 610/832-9640

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