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ASTM and DIN to Cosponsor Standardization Workshop During ASTM Board Meeting in Berlin, Germany

ASTM International’s board of directors will meet April 26-29 at the headquarters of Deutsches Institut für Normung, the German Institute for Standardization. In addition to the board meetings, ASTM and DIN will cosponsor a Standardization Workshop, also at DIN headquarters, on April 28.

ASTM and DIN share a longstanding history of cooperation and partnership in international standards development. With a lineup of speakers representing industry and government in both Germany and United States, the jointly sponsored workshop will offer expert perspectives on the role of standardization in today’s materials markets.

The one-day program includes the following speakers:

• Welcome by Arthur D. Schwope, chairman of the board of directors, ASTM International, and Dr. Torsten Bahke, director, DIN
• “The Importance of Standardization to German Industry,” Dr. Bahke
• “The Role of ASTM Standards in Global Trade,” James A. Thomas, president, ASTM International
• “Future Directions in Medical Device Standardization,” Professor Joshua J. Jacobs, M.D., associate chairman of academic programs, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Rush Medical College
• “Standardization of Implants with Regard to Materials and Requirements,” Dr. Harald Stallforth, management research and development, board of directors, research and development, Aesculap AG and Co. KG
• “Do We Need International Standards for the Global Steel Market?” Professor Dr.-Ing. Dieter Ameling, president of the German Steel Federation and chairman of the German Iron and Steel Institute VDEh
• “The Current Market Reality in the Global Steel Industry,” Paul K. Whitcraft, director of engineering and quality assurance, Rolled Alloys, Inc.
• “The Challenges of Materials Standardization,” Dr. Richard F. Kayser, director of technology services, U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology
• “Standardization of Materials,” Mrs. Anja Dwars, head of the department of materials engineering, KSB

Anyone wishing to attend the workshop may contact Margaret Saunders in Berlin by March 29. //

Agreements Signed with CNIS and SIS Will Aid Chinese Participation in ASTM Standards Development

While participation in ASTM International has always been open to any individuals with an interest in standardization from anywhere in the world, recent developments will increase China’s direct line to global standards development. Now, it is easier than ever for Chinese professionals to participate in ASTM standardization.

In October 2003, ASTM senior staff visited the China National Institute of Standardization and the Shanghai Institute of Standardization. The result is the recent signing of two cooperative agreements with ASTM. The agreements will serve as a bridge between global enterprises and Chinese enterprises, as well as promoting the circulation of goods between China and the rest of the world.

To enhance the working operations of these agreements, CNIS and SIS will each send a Chinese intern to ASTM Headquarters for a two-month period. The agreements also provide for cooperative training courses on ASTM standards, and measures will be put in place to improve services in China, such as the collection of membership fees in Chinese currency.

Membership in ASTM International is approximately 621 Chinese RMB (the equivalent of US$75.00 at the time of this writing). Fees now can be paid directly to CNIS or SIS in Chinese currency, and membership enables individuals to participate on ASTM’s diverse technical committees.

For information on how to join ASTM International and to acquire ASTM standards and publications, Chinese professionals may contact a representative of CNIS or SIS: Guo Dehua, CNIS (phone: 86-10-62377216; fax: 86-10-62377213; hotline for sales of ASTM standards: 86-10-62020986, 82086771); or Mrs. Yang Jie-ming, SIS (phone: 86-21-64330229; fax: 86-21-64719231). //

MOUs Signed with National Standards Bodies of Malaysia and Mongolia

SIRIM Berhad and the Mongolian Agency for Standardization and Metrology, the national standards bodies of Malaysia and Mongolia respectively, have signed memorandums of understanding with ASTM International. The purpose of the MOUs, which have been signed with 28 NSBs to date, is for ASTM and the signatory bodies to work together to use standards in support of the signing nation’s needs in public health and safety, technology development and environmental protection. //

ASTM Environmental Site Assessment Courses To Be Conducted in Peru

ASTM International’s Technical and Professional Training program has signed an agreement with EnginZone S.A.C. to offer, in Spanish, ASTM Phase I and Phase II environmental site assessment training courses in Peru. EnginZone, located in Lima, offers training to technical professionals and serves as a distributor of technical information.

This agreement is the fifth in an ongoing series of agreements the TPT program is coordinating that make it possible for ASTM courses to be taught in a given country or region in the native language of the area. Agreements are already in place in Japan and Korea for environmental site assessment training, in India for training in the use of textile standards, and in Saudi Arabia for training in the use of standards for petroleum products and lubricants. //

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 2005 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, P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2950.

Nominations must be received by April 1. Contact Maureen Houck if you need further information (phone: 610/832-9594). //

Nominations Sought for William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award

Nominations are 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. 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 candidate’s outstanding contributions within ASTM at the Society level as well as other standards development 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, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. 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). //

ASTM Presents Short Course at Study Mission Undertaken in Support of U.S.-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement

In December 2003, Kitty Kono, ASTM vice president of global cooperation, and Kathie Morgan, general manager in ASTM’s Technical Committee Operations division, presented a short course on “Standardization and Regulation in the United States” to a delegation of Vietnamese government and standardization professionals visiting Washington, D.C.

Kono and Morgan’s presentation was part of a study mission on technical barriers to trade undertaken by representatives of the Vietnam Directorate for Quality and Standards (STAMEQ) and various Vietnamese government ministries. The mission, conducted by the U.S.-Vietnam Trade Council’s Education Forum, and led by STAMEQ Deputy Director Ho Tat Thang, was supported by a grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development, toward implementation of the U.S.-Vietnam Bilateral Trade Agreement.

The delegation’s objectives were to study legal, regulatory, and policy issues relating to the implementation of Vietnam’s obligations to the World Trade Organization’s Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement under the U.S.-Vietnam trade agreement. The group studied key issues involved in Vietnam’s WTO accession, and sought cooperation and assistance from U.S. regulatory agencies and conformity assessment bodies.

The program included presentations from the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office; the Department of Commerce’s International Trade Administration and National Institute of Standards and Technology; the Department of State; the Office of Management and Budget; the American National Standards Institute; and U.S. testing, accreditation, and conformity assessment bodies.

The short course Kono and Morgan presented to the delegation provided an overview of the nature of the U.S. private-sector standardization system, public policy mandates such as the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995, U.S. public- and private-sector collaboration in standards development, aspects of the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement, ASTM’s standards development process, and the role of its memorandums of understanding in promoting the use of up-to-date and technically sound international standards in those nations. //

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