In light of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and our priority for the health and welfare of our members and staff, ASTM International has decided that it is inadvisable and impractical to hold the committee meetings in Prague on April 27-May 1. The decision was based on several factors, including, but not limited to:

    • Continued review of information and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and other governmental bodies.
    • Input from our members whose organizations are increasingly concerned with travel and the large gathering in Prague.
    • Watching the expanding trajectory of the coronavirus.

    Staff managers will be contacting committee leaders to plan alternatives for conducting committee business. For any committees that collected money for events, ASTM will work to issue refunds as necessary. Attendees are responsible for cancelling their own hotel reservations.

    Looking forward, we will rely on these and other relevant criteria and input points to assess the status of future scheduled ASTM meetings and events. Please consult our meeting webpage for the most up-to-date information. Thank you for your understanding and continued commitment to ASTM International.

    D20 Plastics

    Title: ASTM/ CEN Workshop on Degradable, Biodegradable and Biobased Products Standards

    Dates: Wednesday April 05 2017

    Location: Sheraton Centre Toronto; Toronto, ON

    Event Name: April 2017 Committee Week

    About The Event

    Registration Information

    Continuing Education Units

    Technical Chair Contact Information

    Hotel Information

    Standards Development Meetings

    Future Meeting Dates

    About the Event

    The ASTM/CEN Workshop on Degradable, Biodegradable and Biobased Products Standards will be Wednesday, April 5, 2017 from 7:30am to 3:30pm. Sponsored by ASTM Committee D20 on Plastics and CEN, the workshop will be held at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in Toronto, ON, Canada,, in conjunction with the April standards development meetings of the committee.

    The purpose of this workshop is to promote dialogue between standards development organizations around the world regarding testing and specification of biobased, biodegradable and degradable materials and products. The top goal of this workshop is to bring more individuals into the discussions about how these standards are developed and used internationally as well as to educate on what standards exist globally, potential issues with them, and what revised or new standards are needed. Ideally, a prioritization of work will also occur.

    The workshop will include presentations and panel discussions related to the following topics:

    • Biobased/renewable resource content testing, specification and certification
    • Aerobic (e.g., industrial composting) degradability/biodegradability testing, specification and certification
    • Anaerobic (e.g., anaerobic digestion and landfill) degradability/biodegradability testing, specification and certification
    • Environmental (e.g., marine and soil) degradability/biodegradability testing, specification and certification

    The language of the workshop will be English.

    Registration Information

    Online registration opens approximately 12 weeks before the workshop and closes March 29, 2017. The registration fees are in US Dollars to attend this workshop and are listed below. These fees include a boxed lunch.

    Students – A student's fee is waived, provided that he/she is a full-time student and is not employed full time. After registering online, the student must check in at the ASTM Registration Desk on site and present his/her student ID. The waived fee includes admission to the technical sessions and does not include the boxed lunch.

    All attendees, including presenters and ASTM members, are urged to register online for this event so that space requirements can be accommodated. If you do not register online by the closing date, then you must register upon arrival at the workshop. All attendees must check in at the ASTM registration desk upon arrival at workshop.


    A refund of the workshop fee will be honored only if requested at least 10 business days prior to the workshop. To cancel your registration and request a refund, please contact Kelly Dennison at

    If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Kelly Dennison, Symposium Manager at, Tel: 610-832-9568, or ASTM Technical Support at or 1-877-909-2786 (domestic) or 610-832-9578 (international).

    Online On Site
    ASTM Member Fee100.00125.00
    Non-Member Fee125.00150.00
    Presenter FeeWaivedWaived
    Student FeeWaivedWaived

    Continuing Education Units

    Workshop attendees interested in receiving 0.7 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) should complete a CEU application form at the adjournment of the workshop, and then submit it to the ASTM staff member on site. A certificate will be sent to the attendee approximately 4 to 6 weeks after the workshop.

    Technical Chair Contact Information

    Additional information about the workshop is available from Workshop Chairman Kelvin Okamoto, Green Bottom Line, Inc., Carmel, IN, USA, e-mail:, tel: +1-847-271-9285.

    Hotel Information


    Please note that when booking your room for April Committee Week in Toronto, the ASTM rate is confirmed at $238 in Canadian Dollars for traditional rooms, which equals to approximately $178 in US Dollars. There will be a slight variance to the actual amount charged on credit card statements due to the daily exchange rate fluctuations according to your local bank or Credit Card Company.

    ASTM April 2017 Committee Week Reservation Link:

    Standards Development Meetings

    Meeting schedules of Committee D20 are posted on the ASTM web site at or contact the ASTM staff manager, Alyson Fick at, or tel: +1-610-832-9710.

    Future Meeting Dates

    Committee D20 invites you to attend their future standards development meetings. There is no fee to attend these meetings, and membership in ASTM International is not required. For more information, visit the web page listed immediately above, and click on "Future Meetings".

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