The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) was founded in 1898, by Charles B. Dudley, Ph.D., a chemist with the Pennsylvania Railroad. In 2001, the name was changed to ASTM International. ASTM’s world headquarters are located in West Conshohocken, Pa., with offices in Belgium, Canada, China, Peru and Washington, D.C. ASTM International is a globally recognized leader in the development and delivery of voluntary consensus standards. Today, more than 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance health and safety, strengthen market access and trade and build consumer confidence.
The high quality, market-relevant standards developed by ASTM follow the guiding principles of the World Trade Organization. These standards encourage trade by opening new markets and creating new trading partners for enterprises everywhere.
A wealth of useful information can be found on the ASTM website (www.astm.org), including links to standards and publications, the book of standards, product updates and catalogs. The site also includes services such as a digital library, enterprise solutions, proficiency testing programs, information regarding Certifications and Declarations and training courses, both in-person and online. In addition there is an International Lab Directory and a cement and concrete reference lab. The latest standardization news, news releases and a magazine and newsletter are also readily available along with membership information and ways to become involved.
ASTM International is driven by the contributions of its members, which includes more than 30,000 of the world’s top technical experts and business professionals representing 140 countries. The organization welcomes and encourages participation from around the world.
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