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Global Standards Organization ASTM International Unveils New Exoskeleton Group


Pending approval from its board of directors, ASTM International announced today the launch of a new committee focused on developing technical standards for exoskeletons and exosuits. These products have gained significant attention for their potential benefits to consumer health, first responders, military, and general industry applications.

On Thursday, dozens of industry representatives, associations, government agencies, and others convened at ASTM International’s global headquarters near Philadelphia. At this organizational meeting, they voted to form a new committee. They also drafted a scope and filled leadership roles.  

Initially, the group plans to focus on standards development in five technical areas (which will be subcommittees):
•    Design and manufacturing,
•    Human factors and ergonomics,
•    Task performance and environmental considerations,
•    Maintenance and disposal, and
•    Security and information technology.

The ASTM International board of directors will receive a recommendation to approve this committee at their October meeting in Houston. If approved, the committee plans to host its first official meeting in the coming months in-person and/or virtually.

For more information, contact developmental operations manager, Pat Picariello (  To learn more about the ASTM International process, visit To join, go to
Media Inquiries: Dan Bergels, tel +1.610.832.9602; 
Committee Contact: Pat Picariello, tel +1.610.832.9720; 

Release #10398

September 18, 2017

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