Standards Development How-to



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Collaboration Areas Enhanced

Online Member Workspace for Standards Development Upgraded
You may have noticed that your online collaboration areas got an upgrade. The new ASTM International Collaboration Areas are more useful and...more


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Exploring Ideas for New Standards

Like questions that should be asked, ideas for standards should be explored. Ideas for new standards come from “aha” moments — maybe as you unwind...more


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Products, Standards, and Certification

If the scope of your standard specification — existing or proposed — covers a product, consider certification for it. Certification, a kind of...more


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Getting Positive Results from Negative Votes

Your approach to submitting or resolving negative votes is a critical step in the process of shaping standards and is the single most important...more


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About Voting

Your vote counts in the ASTM International standards development process, but how is it tallied?
As an ASTM International member, your participation is key to the ASTM standards development process, which includes voting to express your...more


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What’s the Word?

Terminology is an essential part of creating ASTM standards, and the Terminology Dictionary aids this work.
ASTM’s Blue Book, Form and Style for ASTM Standards states that all technical standards should include a terminology section. The requirement advises...more


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Online Work Item Collaboration Areas

Pre-Ballot Draft Document Development
“My ASTM” — your gateway to participating online as an ASTM International member — now makes it easier to work with your task group in developing...more


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What Kind of Standard Is It, Anyway?

Writing a new standard presents many challenges, and sometimes, just figuring out which type of standard it should be is Challenge #1. There are six...more


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Consider Holding a Symposium or Workshop

Enrich Your Committee Work
Does your ASTM committee want to: Gather information for a possible new area of work or a standard already underway? Exchange technical information?...more


Standards Development How-to

The First Draft, and Beyond

Writing the first draft of a standard? It can be as easy — or as hard — as any writing task. Some members simply start by reading other standards. If... more

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