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President's Message

Mission Forward

I am thrilled to serve as president of ASTM International starting Feb. 1. As I prepared for this new role over the past two years, I had the...more
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Thank You: Some Final Thoughts Before Retirement

I started writing Plain Talk in February of 1999 and have covered many exciting and complex topics over the years. But as I prepare to retire at the... more
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No Thumb on the Scale

The World Trade Organization's Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement was crafted 20 years ago. It aims to provide guidance to governments to ensure... more
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Protecting ASTM's Intellectual Property

ASTM International standards have never been easier to obtain, more affordable or more efficiently delivered than they are today. Thanks to the... more


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Right Question

Finding and choosing the right standard may not always be easy, but it’s something people do all the time. There is no secret to making the right... more
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Evolution

Standardization is not the vertical operation it used to be, when “silo” technical committees developed standards for use within a single... more
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Coherence

“In order to avoid the development of conflicting international standards, it is important that international standardizing bodies avoid... more
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Real Barrier to Trade

Nothing illustrates this more clearly than a recent communication submitted by certain members of the WTO Negotiating Group on Non-Agricultural... more
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What's Next

What’s next? It’s a question we ask often. It’s the question that keeps ASTM International in forward motion, keeps it dynamic. More often than... more
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Tomorrow's Technical Experts

This year, the number of people retiring from ASTM International’s staff has been higher than usual. It is not easy to say goodbye to people we’... more
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