Consumers and ASTM International

Good practice. Good sense. Good standards.

Standards help our world work better.

Standards underpin the safety of those who use the product or service.
Standards set a level of expectation for how products will perform.
Standards enhance confidence that products from different sources are interchangeable and work together.
Standards promote quality and reliability, and support protections.
Since 1898, ASTM has been developing standards that meet real-world issues. From railroads to space travel and everything in between, we bring stakeholders together to create standards that are based on good science, good engineering, and good judgment. Consumers are a very important voice in ASTM.

Why the Consumer Voice Matters.

Consumers know first-hand how products, processes and services are used.
Sometimes a product or service may not perform the way it was intended. This could be the result of poor design or an unintended or inappropriate use. In the standards-setting process, consumers provide the important perspective of how products and services are really used.
It was consumer members, for example, who identified the dangers of drop side cribs, called for improving and strengthening warnings for liquid laundry packet hazards, demanded a new label and additional safety requirements for shopping carts, and launched the development of standards for consumer beach umbrellas after flyaway incidents led to serious and fatal injuries.
The toy safety (ASTM F963) establishes safety requirements for toys for children under the age of 14. The standard sets guidelines and test methods to prevent injuries related to choking, sharp edges, magnet ingestion, flammability, and much more.
Having consumers at the same standards-setting table with manufacturers opens the door for important discussions about who and how a product or service may be used in real life, risks that may have been missed by the manufacturers, and suggestions for practical solutions. This input can be especially helpful when considering safety warnings and labels, evaluating acceptable levels of risk, and suggesting features needed by consumers with special needs such as children, older adults, or people with disabilities.
Learn how you can get involved in setting ASTM standards.
ASTM International Committee F15 on Consumer Products was developed in 1973 at the request of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to help keep dangerous products out of the hands of consumers through the development of voluntary consensus. Today, more than 1,000 members participate, overseeing the development and maintenance of over 100 standards.
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Help set the standards that will make products and services better for your family and friends.
In ASTM, "consumers" can be individuals or organizations.
Some consumer members are retired engineers or experts with technical knowledge. Others provide input that is based solely on their passions, personal experiences, and perspectives. All are welcome! Get involved