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TTIP and Dancing Elephants

On July 8 of this year, in Washington, D.C., the United States and the European Union launched negotiations on a proposed free trade agreement called... more
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The Road to Ulan Bator

I n 1972, when I first came to ASTM, inclusion was very much on everybody’s mind. It was believed that anyone “interested in or affected by”... 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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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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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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Choosing Standards Based on Merit

When I first started writing this column more than 10 years ago, there were several issues that were passionately engaging the world standards... more
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A Business Model that Works

Standards should be free. That’s what some claim. Others say that standards developed for the common good should be free, such as those used in... more
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A Partnership in the Public Interest

On Jan. 3, a Congressional bill entitled “The Pipeline Safety, Regulatory Certainty and Job Creation Act of 2011,” H.R. 2845, was signed into law... more
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Report Card

Our members come to ASTM International to achieve their goals and develop standards. The job of the ASTM board of directors and staff is to optimize... more
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The Value Factor

ASTM International standards are developed by experts who represent the elements of society that are likely to be impacted by those standards. This... more
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