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 March 2005 ASTM International News

ASTM Standards Cited in USDA Farm Bill
A01 Founders Award
Staff Hired for Beijing Office
ASTM Training News
Nominations for ASTM Board
Annual Business Meeting
Cavanaugh Award Nominations
SIS/ASTM International Cooperation
Delegation Visits ASTM International Headquarters

ASTM Standards to Be Used to Define, Measure, and Report Biobased Products

The publication of a final rule to implement a program of preferred procurement of biobased products by federal agencies was announced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Jan. 9. This rule, effective Feb. 10, establishes provisions for the Federal Biobased Products Preferred Procurement Program. The program, authorized by section 9002 of the 2002 Farm Bill, requires all federal agencies to preferentially purchase biobased products that have been designated by USDA as eligible under this program. The USDA consulted with the Environmental Protection Agency, the General Services Administration, and the Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology in preparing the guidelines, which reference ASTM and other standards.

Because biobased content is a key element in the statutory and regulatory framework, verification of the biobased content of products is critical. To support this need, ASTM standard D 6866, Test Methods for Determining the Biobased Content of Natural Range Materials Using Radiocarbon and Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry Analysis, will be used to verify biobased content based on the amount of biobased carbon in the material or product as percent of the weight (mass) of the total organic carbon in the material or product. D 6866 was developed by ASTM Committee D20 on Plastics, and its Subcommittee D20.96 on Environmentally Degradable Plastics and Biobased Products.

Another ASTM standard developed by Subcommittee D20.96 that is referenced by the USDA is D 7075, Practice for Evaluating and Reporting Environmental Performance of Biobased Products and Life Cycle Costs. This practice provides additional guidance for evaluating the environmental profile or performance of biobased products. Such information will empower the procuring official to consider all relevant factors and to make determinations that best meet the federal agency’s needs.

In addition to D 6866 and D 7075, other D20 standards support this effort, including D 6852, Guide for Determination of Biobased Content, Resources Consumption, and Environmental Profile of Materials and Products, which is a framework document that explains the rationale and approaches to determining biobased content.  Another important ASTM standard is D 7026, Guide for Sampling and Reporting of Results for Determination of Biobased Content of Materials via Carbon Isotope Analysis, which provides a framework for collecting and handling samples for determination of biobased content of materials by means of the carbon isotope method described in Test Methods D 6866. Finally, D 883, Terminology Relating to Plastics, covers definitions of technical terms used in the plastics industry and defines what biobased content is. Together the ASTM standards address three important areas regarding biobased products: 1) how to measure, 2) how to sample, report and profile, and 3) the terminology of biobased product and content. 

According to Ramani Narayan, professor of chemical and biochemical engineering at Michigan State University and chairman of Subcommittees D20.92 on Terminology and D20.96 on Environmentally Degradable Plastics and Biobased Products, “The biobased products industry is an emerging industry for which the ASTM standards provide a scientific basis for measurement and evaluation. This will benefit the environment, the industry, and those responding to the statutes of the congressional law.” //

ASTM International Board of Directors Recognizes Committee A01 Founders Award

ASTM International Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys has received Society recognition for a new award to recognize distinguished service by individual members of the committee. The title of the award — The Founding Committee Award — acknowledges Committee A01 as the first ASTM committee, formed in 1898. The title also commemorates the role of the blacksmiths and foundries of the late 19th and early 20th centuries that were instrumental in the establishment of both Committee A01 and ASTM. The ASTM International Board of Directors formally recognized the award at their meeting in April 2004.

From left to right: William H. Childs, awards subcommittee chair; Andrew Van Echo and Albert S. Melilli, Founders Award recipients;
and John K. Maheney, Jr., Committee A01 chair.

Andrew van Echo and Al Melilli were the first two recipients of the Founding Committee Award. Van Echo, an ASTM member since 1946 and chairman of Committee A01 from 1976 to 1980, and Melilli, a member since 1971 and A01 chairman from 1992 to 1998, were presented with the award during the A01 meeting at the November 2004 Committee Week in Washington, D.C. //

Executive Director, Director of Operations Hired for CSCA Office in Beijing

The Consortium on Standards and Conformity Assessment recently hired Chris Lanzit and Liu Fei to run the CSCA office that opened in Beijing, China, in February. Lanzit will serve as executive director of the CSCA office, while Liu Fei will be director of operations.

Jim Thomas, president, ASTM International; Chris Lanzit, executive director, CSCA Office; Kitty Kono, vice president, global cooperation, ASTM; Liu Fei, director of operations, CSCA Office; Teresa Cendrowska, director of external relations, ASTM; and Jessica Hychalk, manager, global cooperation, ASTM, meet at ASTM International Headquarters.

Lanzit most recently worked as the regional director, Asia, Integrated Defense Systems, for the Hong Kong office of the Boeing Company. Prior to this position, Lanzit was vice president, Asia, Hughes Space and Communications International Service Co., Hong Kong. Lanzit, a 1974 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, served 21 years in the U.S. Air Force, during which time he served in such capacities as the assistant air attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, and as the deputy foreign policy advisor to the commander, U.S. Pacific Command, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Charles Martin (seated), president
of the American Chamber of Commerce in Beijing, China, signs an agreement to provide office space for the new Consortium on Standards and Conformity Assessment (CSCA) Office in Beijing. Kitty Kono, ASTM’s vice president of global cooperation and David Wizda, ASME’s managing director for conformity assessment are also pictured. The CSCA office, opening in February, will promote greater utilization of the standards of ASTM International, ASME International, the American Petroleum Institute, and CSA America.

In addition to his B.S. in Basic Science from the U.S. Air Force Academy, Lanzit has an M.S. in Systems Management from the University of Southern California, and served as a USAF Research Fellow, Olin Institute, Center for International Affairs, Harvard University.

Liu Fei earned a B.A. in Economics from Shanghai Institute of Foreign Trade in Shanghai, China, as well as an M.A. in Sociology from Peking University in Bejing. His professional experience includes positions as commercial specialist, trade facilitation office of the embassy of the United States in China; director, international project department, China National Export Bases Development Corporation; and economic and commercial officer, Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Ethiopia.

The CSCA was formed in 2004 and comprises ASTM International, ASME International, the American Petroleum Institute and CSA America. //

ASTM Training News

Staff members from national standards bodies in Zambia and Egypt participated in virtual training sessions conducted via telephone and Internet from ASTM Headquarters to their own headquarters in December 2004. Staff from the Zambia Bureau of Standards were trained on Dec. 16, while members of the Egyptian Organization of Standardization and Quality Control received training on Dec. 20.

The training, which is the result of memorandums of understanding that ASTM has signed with both ZABS and EOS, focused on using the ASTM Web site to identify standards development activities, introducing the ASTM ballot process, with instruction on how to complete an electronic ballot, and a tour of the ASTM member’s area.

Virtual training is available to all national standards bodies that have signed MOUs with ASTM International. For more information, contact Kitty Kono, vice president of global cooperation, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9687).

In other training news, ASTM is now offering a new Technical and Professional Training workshop, Comparing World Steel Standards. This session, which will be held in Reno, Nev., May 19-20, and in Dallas, Texas, Nov. 10-11, provides a basic understanding of the American, European and Japanese steel designation systems.

Those attending the session will review steel standards from several international standards development organizations, receive a brief introduction to basic steel metallurgy and heat treatments, learn definitions of steel terms, and learn to differentiate between myth and methodology when comparing steel standards. The session will also include several workshops for comparing different types of steels and their various applications, including structural steels, tubing/piping, forgings, castings, stainless steels, tool steels and special purpose steels.

Comparing World Steel Standards will be taught by John Bringas, president, Codes and Standards Training Inc. and CASTI Publishing, Inc., Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (phone: 780/424-2552). To register, contact Eileen Finn, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9686). //

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 2006 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 Annual Business Meeting

The 2005 Annual Business Meeting will be featured during the Wednesday, May 18th ASTM members’ breakfast at the May Committee Week meetings in Reno, Nev. The complimentary breakfast begins at 7:00 a.m. at the Hilton Reno Resort.  Contact Maureen Houck, ASTM, for 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 to 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, 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). //

In October, Dr. John Wyhof (left), chairman of ASTM International Committee F05 on Business Imaging Products met with Mr. Shu Wen Hua, president of the Shanghai Institute of Standardization (SIS) at SIS Headquarters in Shanghai. They met to discuss ways that ASTM and SIS can work together to promote greater Chinese participation in F05 committee activities and greater use of F05 standards in China.

Representatives of the Changjiang River Scientific Research Institute, located in Wuhan, Peoples Republic of China, visited ASTM International in early January to discuss ASTM and the work of Committees C01 on Cement and C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates as well as to exchange technical information. The delegation members are part of the Changjiang Water Resource Committee of the China Ministry of Water Resource and are playing a role in the construction of the Three Gorges Dam. The dam, being built on the Yangtze River, is slated to be one of the largest hydroelectric dams in the world when completed. The delegation also met with representatives of the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and the American Concrete Institute during their visit to the United States.

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