|Memorandums of understanding, a meeting with the WTO, and seminars
in Asia comprise this months sampling of international efforts
undertaken by ASTM International.
In December of 2001, the U.S. Department of Commerces Commercial
Law Development Program arranged a visit of delegates from seven
Eastern Balkan States to ASTM International Headquarters in West
Conshohocken, Pa. Participating were representatives from Albania,
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Romania,
and Yugoslavia. The meeting provided an opportunity to exchange
information about various standardization processes, and learn
about ASTMs electronic tools and programs related to standardization.
Consistent with its commitment and outreach to developing nations,
and supporting the principle of multiple approaches to international
standards development, ASTM International encouraged each nation
in attendance to consider entering into a memorandum of understanding.
As one of the benefits of the MOU, ASTM provides the participating
National Standards Body with a full set of the Annual Book of
ASTM Standards. ASTM is working with the DOCCLDP, so that each
participating National Member Body of the Eastern Balkan States
program will have realized this benefit before signing MOUs. ASTM
gratefully acknowledges the DOCCLDPs efforts and commitment.
Memorandums of Understanding
The Jamaican Bureau of Standards has signed a memorandum of understanding with ASTM. The memorandum
specifies the forms of mutual cooperation between the two organizations.
Cooperative efforts and benefits include: JBS may reproduce and
distribute ASTM standards as JBS National Standards; ASTM will
jointly sponsor ASTM/JBS industry standards and training programs,
JBS may freely participate in ASTM standards development; JBS
will seek and recruit partners for such ASTM initiatives as interlaboratory
cross-check programs and technical and professional training.
On April 25, ASTM President Jim Thomas and Vice President of Global
Cooperation Kitty Kono were to have traveled to Ecuador to sign
an MOU with the Instituto Ecuatoriano de Normalización (INEN), Ecuadors national standards body. INEN Director General
Felipe Urresta invited Thomas and Kono to sign the MOU at a seminar
on standards hosted by INEN and featuring representatives of ASTM,
the National Fire Protection Association, the American Society
of Mechanical Engineers, and the American Concrete Institute.
Thomas planned seminar presentation is titled Standards in the
Trip to Geneva
In March, Kitty Kono visited the headquarters of the World Trade
Organization in Geneva with standards consultant Helen Delaney
and Director of Technical Trade Barriers Suzanne M. Troje of the
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. The trio spoke with Counsellor
of the WTO Trade and Environment Division Vivien Liu about standards
and trade and provided information on the worldwide use of ASTM
standards. Kono expressed ASTMs willingness to work with the
WTO to provide standards-related technical assistance and training
to developing countries worldwide.
Industry Seminars in Asia
In July, ASTM will host industry workshops in Japan and China.
In cooperation with the Japanese Standards Association, ASTM will
host seminars bringing together representatives of the Japanese
steel, plastics, and rubber industries with members of ASTM Committees
A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel, and Related Alloys, D20 on Plastics, and D11 on Rubber. The same sort of workshops for the steel and rubber
industries are planned soon after in Shanghai in cooperation with
the Shanghai Institute for Standardization. //
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