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 October 2006 ASTM International News

ASTM Staff Member Participates in Thai Standards Seminar

Leonard Morrissey, manager, ASTM International, participated in the Trade Capacity Building Seminar on U.S. Standards, Technical Regulations and Conformity Assessment, in Bangkok, Thailand. The seminar, which ran from Aug. 21 to 25, was hosted by the Thai Industrial Standards Institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the United States Food and Drug Administration and the Royal Thai Embassy, Washington, D.C.

Phornsake Karnchanachari (left), Thailand vice minister of foreign affairs, makes a presentation to Leonard Morrissey, ASTM International, during the conference.

During the first two days of the program, participants met with officials from the Thai Industrial Standards Institute, as well as with representatives from various Thai regulatory offices and from the private sector.

The conference began with a day of general sessions, attended by approximately 250 Thai regulatory officials, private sector producers and exporters, and representatives from standards committees, accreditation bodies and testing and certification organizations. Morrissey’s presentation on the first day was an overview of the United States approach to standards settings.

U.S. participants in the Thai conference included (left to right) James A. Prunty, U.S. Federal Trade Commission; George T. Willingmyre, GTW Associates; George Jackson, U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition; Michael Olson, MCO Consultants; and Leonard Morrissey, ASTM International.

The next two days of the conference were devoted to more specific presentations on technical regulations and standards broken down into specific industrial sectors. During these sessions, Morrissey presented on ASTM International standards relevant to food safety, textiles and apparel, conformity assessment, and medical devices and technology. In addition, a presentation on ASTM standards relevant to the automotive industry was given by George T. Willingmyre, president, GTW Associates. //

Chinese Standards Executives Meet at ASTM International Headquarters

On Aug. 9, a delegation of 18 standards executives from a variety of provinces from the People’s Republic of China met at ASTM International Headquarters. The meeting was facilitated by the China Association for Standardization. ASTM staff members Drew Azzara, vice president, corporate development, and Pat Picariello, director, developmental operations, provided an overview of ASTM and the United States’ standards system, and participated in a lively question and answer session.

Topics of discussion included stakeholder participation (the role of industry and government as well as individuals and corporations), the adoption and reference of ASTM standards to facilitate global trade, the role of patents in standards, and the ASTM business model. The session closed with a demonstration of ASTM’s online standards development tools, including committee homepages, electronic balloting, and negative vote resolution. //

Ignition Strength Standard Cited in Canadian Legislation

An important ASTM International standard that has been included in Canada’s Tobacco Act is now available for purchase in French as well as in English. The standard, E 2187, Test Method for Measuring the Ignition Strength of Cigarettes, predicts a cigarette’s capacity to ignite soft furniture. Test Method E 2187 is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E05.15 on Furnishing and Contents, which is part of ASTM International’s Committee E05 on Fire Standards.

Canada’s Tobacco Act states that “every manufacturer shall ensure that the cigarettes of every brand that it manufactures on or after October 1, 2005 burn their full length no more than 25 % of the time when tested on 10 layers of filter paper using ASTM International method E 2187-04, dated July 1, 2004 and titled Standard Test Method for Measuring the Ignition Strength of Cigarettes.”

Originally approved in 2002, Test Method E 2187 was developed by a team led by Richard Gann, a senior research scientist with the Building and Fire Research Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md. The test method measures the capability of a cigarette, positioned on one of three standard substrates, to generate sufficient heat to continue burning and thus potentially cause ignition of bedding or upholstered furniture.

In addition to the Canadian act, the states of New York, California, Vermont, Illinois and New Hampshire have all enacted legislation requiring that all cigarettes sold in those states be self-extinguishing in accordance with ASTM E 2187.

For further technical information, contact Richard Gann (phone: 301/975-6866). Committee E05 meets Dec. 3-6 during the December Committee Week in Atlanta, Ga. For membership or meeting information, contact Thomas O’Toole, manager, Technical Committee Operations, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9739).

Standards Experts from Indonesia, Vietnam and Zambia to Visit ASTM

ASTM International will welcome three members of the global standards community for a month-long visit to ASTM Headquarters in November. Nguyen Minh Bang, Directorate for Standards and Quality (STAMEQ), Vietnam; Margaret Lungu, Zambia Bureau of Standards (ZABS); and Ari Wibowo, National Standardization Agency of Indonesia (BSN) will all arrive at ASTM International on Oct. 31.

During their stay, the standards experts will receive an extensive course in ASTM International’s standards development process. In addition to meeting with staff members throughout ASTM’s departments, Mr. Bang, Mrs. Lungu and Mr. Wibowo will attend the ASTM November Committee Week in Atlanta, Ga., and will visit the offices of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the American National Standards Institute during a visit to Washington, D.C. The standards experts will return to their own countries on Dec. 1.

Nguyen Minh Bang has worked at STAMEQ, where he has held several positions, for more than 20 years. He was recently nominated to become deputy director of the standards department.

While at ASTM International, Mr. Bang hopes to receive an in-depth look at ASTM International and its standards developing activities. He also hopes to learn more about the U.S. standardization system and the U.S. Standards Strategy. Other areas of interest for Mr. Bang include the use of standards in U.S. legal documents, conformity assessment and the ways that voluntary standards serve public interests in the United States.

Mrs. Lungu has been at ZABS for 12 years and is currently a standards development manager. Her experience at ZABS includes work in product certification, standards development and training and advisory services to industry. In her current position, Mrs. Lungu plans and monitors standards development programs at both the national and regional levels.

Mrs. Lungu says that she is looking forward to learning how standardization work is planned and organized at ASTM International, as well as the procedures by which standards are published. The management of published standards and ways in which ASTM collaborates with other organizations are other areas of interest for Mrs. Lungu.

As a member of the BSN staff in Indonesia, Ari Wibowo is interested in learning about the process by which BSN will adopt ASTM standards as national standards. He’s also interested in the history and organizational structure of ASTM International, as well as technical committee and subcommittee structure. //

ASTM Staff Discuss MOU in Panama

ASTM staff members Teresa Cendrowska, director, external relations, and Jessica Hychalk, manager, global cooperation, traveled to Panama City, Panama in June. Cendrowska and Hychalk met with Cristina Torres Ubillus, director, Direccion General de Normas y Tecnologia Industrial, to discuss the memorandum of understanding agreement between DGNTI and ASTM International, which was signed in June 2003. The role of standards in Panama was also discussed.

Teresa Cendrowska (center), ASTM, meets with staff from DGNTI in Panama.

In addition, J. Enrique Tellez, senior commercial specialist, and staff at the U.S. Embassy in Panama, met with Cendrowska and Hychalk to discuss international standards and possible cooperative programs for creating awareness of standards.

ASTM staff later presented at the Ministry of Industry to approximately 60 participants from the Panamanian Association of Producers of Concrete (APACRETO). The presentation included a general description of ASTM, an overview of Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, along with details on current and new C09 standards given by Nicholas Carino, committee chair. Later in the demonstration, James Olshefsky gave a live demonstration of the ASTM website. Carino and Olshefsky each presented from their own offices via the ASTM virtual meeting program. //

A delegation from the Saudi Arabian Standards Organization (SASO) visited ASTM International on Sept. 6 to discuss cooperation efforts. From left, Abdulmohsin M. Al-Yousef, director general, Quality Control Department; Nabil Ameen Molla, director general; James Thomas, president, ASTM; Ibrahim A. Al-Kholaif, director general international cooperation; Kitty Kono, vice president, Global Cooperation ASTM.

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