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 October 2005 ASTM International News

U.S.-China Standards and Conformity Assessment Workshop
Standards in Trade: India's Oil and Gas Industries
Kenyan Delegation at ASTM International
Chinese Delegation at ASTM International
Virtual Training for Panamanian Trade Organization
ASTM Donates to Hurricane Katrina Victims
MOU Signing with Nicaraguan National Standards Body
ASTM and Its Local Community

ASTM International President and Committee Members Participate in U.S.-China Standards and Conformity Assessment Workshop

ASTM International President James Thomas and ASTM committee members Janet Lane and Tim McGrady participated in the 2005 U.S.-China Standards and Conformity Assessment workshop in Washington, D.C., on Aug. 10 and 11. This workshop expanded on the discussions of the 2004 workshop held in Beijing, and continued a series of high-level discussions initiated in 1998.

Thomas participated in a panel on standards options available under the World Trade Organization/Technical Barriers to Trade agreement, moderated by Gary Kushnier, American National Standards Institute vice president of international policy. Lane, assistant secretary, Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, presented a session on D02 test methods during a session on oil and natural gas. McGrady, chairman of Committee F40 on Declarable Substances in Materials, presented an introduction to the implications of the European Union’s Restriction on Hazardous Substances directive.

The workshop was jointly organized by the U.S. Department of Commerce and the China General Administration for Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ). Over 150 U.S. and Chinese representatives participated in this meeting, which looked at trends and issues in standards development and conformity assessment procedures in both the U.S. and China, and addressed sector-specific issues in standards development, conformity assessment, information and communication technologies, electrical equipment, air-conditioning and refrigeration, oil and natural gas, and safety equipment. //

Representatives from India’s Oil and Gas Industry Attend Standards in Trade Workshop

On Aug. 12, representatives of India’s oil and gas industry participated in a Standards in Trade workshop sponsored and administered by the National Institute of Standards and Technology. ASTM International staff members Teresa Cendrowska and Jessica Hychalk participated in the workshop, along with representatives from the American Petroleum Institute, ASME International, Underwriters Laboratories and CSA-America.

Subjects covered during the workshop included the following: the status of the oil and gas sectors in India; a review of the U.S.-based standards development organizations involved in oil and gas standardization and their respective roles; the practical application of standards in U.S. regulation; conformity assessment of products; certification of personnel; and emerging trends in pipeline management, hazardous locations and drilling practices. The delegation also had the opportunity for several site visits, thus ensuring a practical view of the information provided. //

ASTM International Welcomes Staff from Kenya Bureau of Standards

Four representatives of the Kenya Bureau of Standards visited ASTM International Headquarters on Aug. 26. Discussions focused on a basic exchange of information about each organization’s structure and operations as well as areas for future collaboration. Shown from left: Martin Chesire, systems audit manager, Kenya Bureau of Standards; Teresa Cendrowska, director, external relations, ASTM International, John M. Masila, managing director, Kenya Bureau of Standards; James Thomas, president, ASTM International; Eva Oduor, general manager – standards, Kenya Bureau of Standards; and Joel M. Kioko, regional manager – Nairobi, Kenya Bureau of Standards. //

Delegation from Standards Administration of China Visits ASTM International

Shi Baoquan, vice administrator of the Standards Administration of China, led a 13-member delegation to ASTM International Headquarters in mid-August to meet with James Thomas, ASTM’s president, and staff to discuss continued cooperation between SAC and ASTM International. //

Staff of Panamanian Association of Concrete Producers Take Part in Virtual Training Session

ASTM International staff recently provided a virtual training session for APACRETO, the Panamanian Association of Concrete Producers. ASOCRETO, the Colombian Association of Concrete Producers aided ASTM in coordinating the training.

The Spanish-language training provided an overview of ASTM International, Committees C01 on Cement and C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, as well as a demonstration of on-line electronic tools, particularly the balloting tool. To arrange similar training, please contact Jessica Hychalk (phone: 610-832-9693). //

ASTM Organizes Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund

ASTM International organized a relief fund in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, one of the most devastating storms ever to hit the United States. In addition to personal donations from ASTM staff members totaling $2,371, the Society donated $25,000 to the American Red Cross and $25,000 to the Salvation Army to aid relief efforts in Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. //

National Standards Body of Nicaragua and ASTM International Sign Memorandum of Understanding

The national standards body of Nicaragua has signed a memorandum of understanding with ASTM International. Azucena Castillo, ministro, Ministerio de Fomento, Industria y Comercio, and James Thomas, president, ASTM International, signed the MOU in August.

ASTM International has now signed MOUs with 41 countries. See the article on page 27 for information on MOUs signed with two Middle Eastern countries. The purpose of the MOU program is to promote communication between ASTM International and national standards bodies; promote knowledge of each other’s standards development activities; facilitate greater worldwide participation in the ASTM standards development process; and facilitate the development of national standards that will aid each country’s health, safety, environmental and economic conditions. //

Local Winners Announced in ASTM-Sponsored Tee Shirt Contest

Once again this summer, local youngsters took part in the MacKenzie Park Tee Shirt Design Contest sponsored by ASTM International. On Aug. 11, members of the ASTM staff recognized winners in three different age categories for their creativity. Cash prizes and certificates were awarded at the park to the top contestants.

ASTM International provided tee shirts of the three separate winning designs to the participants in this year’s West Conshohocken Summer Park Program. In addition to the contest, ASTM International sponsored special trips for park program participants to the Adventure Aquarium in Camden, N.J., and the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pa.

Winners and runners up were: age group 5-7: first prize: Hailey Conner (not pictured); runner up: Kevin Lawrence (bottom row left); age group 8-10: first prize: Erin Ryan (bottom row, middle); runner up: Chris Ryan (bottom row, right); age group 11 and up: first prize: Nicole Priest (top row, second from right): Runner up: Michele Hodges (top row, left). Also shown in the photo from the ASTM staff are Margaret Cassidy, ASTM treasurer, and Meg Campanini, publications purchasing specialist in the ASTM art department.

Camp participants and counselors pose in the shirts kids designed in the MacKenzie Park Tee Shirt Design Contest sponsored by ASTM International.

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