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 October 2005 Inside ASTM
OPEN HOUSE PARTICIPANTS (cont'd from previous page)

Mazen AbuSharia, director general, Palestine Standards Institution


Mohammed Saif Al Kuwari, general director, Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology

Saudi Arabia

Khaled Al-Khalaf, director general, Saudi Arabian Standards Organization


Noura Laroussi, general manager, Institut National de la Normalization et de la Propriete Industrielle

United Arab Emirates

Waleed Al Mansouri, director general, Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology


Abdul Salam-Al-Gamish, director general, Yemen Standardization, Metrology and Quality Control Organization

Rashid Bin-Fahad, secretary general, Gulf Standardization Organization

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Memorandums of Understanding Signed with Palestine and Iraq During Open House

During the Open House at ASTM Headquarters, a memorandum of understanding was signed between the Palestine Standards Institution and ASTM International. PSI, established in 1994, facilitates trade and investment in Palestine by answering the metrology, standards, testing and quality needs of the business community, while also ensuring environmental protection and consumer health and safety. Mazen AbuSharia, director general of PSI, noted in a presentation given before the signing that citizen health and safety, environmental protection, the services and tourism industries, light industry and housing and construction are priority areas for their organization.

An MOU was signed at NIST Headquarters between the Iraq Central Organization for Standardization and Quality Control and ASTM. In his remarks, Ghadhanfar Al Rafeek, director general, COSQC, noted the importance of standardization in the advancement of technology and expressed the hope that the MOU would enhance the ability of COSQC and ASTM International to support the needs of the Iraqi people, and aid in the growth of Iraq’s economy and the development of Iraqi national standards for health, safety and the environment.

“ASTM is assisting the Iraqi people in building a stable and prosperous country that will help Iraq become a partner in the global economy,” said Ben Wu, the U.S. assistant secretary of commerce who attended the MOU signing. “Congratulations to ASTM on the signing of its 39th MOU with an international standards organization. ASTM has been a leader in establishing cooperative relationships worldwide and has become a key international standards organization.”

The purpose of ASTM International’s 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. //

James Thomas and Mazen AbuSharia
James Thomas, Benjamin Wu, Ghadhanfar Al Rafeek and Nashat J. Abdul-Rahim, director, information and international cooperation division, COSQC

Variety of Speakers Bring Multiple Perspectives to Open House

N. David Smith
2005 ASTM International chairman of the board
Smith provided a detailed description of ASTM’s largest committee, D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants. Committee D02 is devoted to the promotion of knowledge and the promulgation of standard specifications, classifications, test methods, practices, guides and terminology covering a wide range of petroleum products and lubricants.

Joe Bhatia
Underwriters Laboratories, and chair of the U.S. Standards Strategy Committee
Bhatia explained the history of the U.S. Standards Strategy, the purpose of which is to strengthen the standards system of the United States and all who benefit from it.

Mark Sheehan
Managing director, development, ASME International
Sheehan presented a short history of ASME International. Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ASME International is focused on the technical, educational and research issues of the engineering and technology community. ASME sets internationally recognized industrial and manufacturing codes and standards that enhance public safety.

Anthony Fiorato
Immediate past president, American Concrete Institute, and vice chair, ASTM International
Fiorato’s presentation covered the application of ASTM and ACI standards in the design and construction of concrete structures. Founded in 1904, ACI is a technical and educational society that provides knowledge and information for the best use of concrete. ACI has produced more than 400 technical documents, reports, guides, specifications and codes.

Wayne Morris
Vice president, division services, Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers
Morris spoke about AHAM and on the trade association role in standards development. AHAM is a trade association representing the manufacturers of home appliances marketed in the United States.

Al Scolnik
Vice president, technical services, National Electrical Manufacturers Association
Scolnik described the structure and services of NEMA. Created in 1926, NEMA provides a forum for the standardization of electrical equipment, enabling consumers to select from a range of safe, effective and compatible electrical products.

Ray Morris
Executive vice president and chief operating officer, Society of Automotive Engineers
Morris described SAE, an educational and scientific organization dedicated to advancing mobility technology to better serve humanity. SAE members develop technical information on all forms of self-propelled vehicles and disseminate this information through its meetings, books, technical papers, magazines, standards, reports, professional development programs and electronic databases.

Hratch Semerjian
Deputy director, NIST
Semerjian welcomed Open House participants to NIST. Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Commerce Department’s Technology Administration. The mission of NIST is to develop and promote measurement, standards and technology to enhance productivity, faciliate trade and improve the quality of life.

Mark Hurwitz
President, ANSI
Hurwitz provided an overview of the U.S. Standards System. The American National Standards Institute administers and coordinates the U.S. voluntary standardization and conformity assessment system. The mission of ANSI is to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and quality of life by promoting and facilitating voluntary consensus standards and conformity assessment systems and safeguarding their integrity.

Katharine Morgan
General manager, technical committee support, ASTM International
Morgan spoke on and demonstrated the extensive opportunities ASTM members around the globe have to participate in the standards developing process using electronic technology.

Kitty Kono
Vice president, global cooperation, ASTM International
Kono reported on the memorandum of understanding program that ASTM has launched with national standards bodies throughout the world.

Doug Bell
Director for Middle East and North Africa, U.S. Trade Representative’s Office
Bell offered details of the U.S. Trade Representative’s Office’s plans to develop a robust trade policy with the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative is responsible for developing and coordinating U.S. international trade, commodity and direct investment policy and overseeing negotiations with other countries.

James Thomas
President, ASTM International
Thomas’ presentation detailed ASTM’s connection with the world through members, standards, standards organizations and technology.

James Turner
Chief Democratic counsel, U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, ASTM International board member
Turner emphasized the important role consensus plays in the U.S. standardization system. He works closely with his Republican counterpart on parliamentary matters and moving science and technology legislation through Congress.

Mary Saunders
Chief, standards services division, NIST
Saunders spoke on the U.S. government and its support of the U.S. Standards System.

Steve Carpenter
Director, office of international and academic affairs, NIST
Carpenter spoke on the role of metrology in social and economic development.

Holly Vineyard
Deputy assistant secretary for Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia, International Trade Commission, U.S. Department of Commerce
Vineyard spoke of standards and their utmost importance in international trade. She noted that standards affect 80 percent of world commodity trade.

Ben Wu
Assistant secretary for technology policy, U.S. Department of Commerce
During the MOU signing with Iraq’s COSQC, Wu noted that ASTM has been a leader in establishing cooperative relationships worldwide through its MOU program and other international activities. //

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