Technical committees develop and maintain ASTM standards. They are grouped by designation according to their scope of work. ASTM committees are made up of volunteers from industry, government, and academia.
All ASTM International technical committees have a home page. You may access them by using the following web address and inserting the committee designation: www.astm.org/COMMIT/X00.htm (e.g., www.astm.org/COMMIT/D02.htm). Fact sheets are available for download under Additional Information.
The process of building new activities within ASTM usually starts small; as it progresses, it gains momentum as well as size and relevance.
Stage one in the organizational process is the exploratory level.
If the results are promising, we move to stage two: the planning level.
A planning meeting ends with a request (via formal motion) to move to stage three in the organizational process: the organizational level.
Through an organizational process that depends upon stakeholder interest and support, new activities are likely to reflect the needs of an industry and consequently, are more likely to have a constructive start and remain relevant.
Volunteer members, with guidance from ASTM staff, are elected or appointed to serve in various leadership positions and conduct the meetings in accordance with the ASTM Regulations Governing Technical Committees.
The Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees require voting balance in a committee and a subcommittee. That balance comes through official and non-official votes.
The ASTM consensus process and its goal of producing the most useful standard possible calls for representatives of small firms or consultancies to have the same vote as a large corporation. Small- and medium-sized enterprises with one or two representatives have an equal footing with multinational corporate giants that have numerous representatives on a subcommittee or committee. This collective expertise should lead to more technical proficiency in a standard, but it must not lead to results that favor a certain company's process or product.
Balance is achieved by classifying members as producers, users, consumers and general interest — that is, their voting interest — on ASTM committees that develop standards for materials, products, systems or services that are offered for sale. Producers may not outnumber the user, consumer and general interest members of a subcommittee, and producers can have only 50 percent or less of the vote.