Term: ASTM International

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– Founded in 1902 as American Section of International Association for Testing Materials
– Addressed rail breaks in the railroad industry by developing steel standards
– Renamed to American Society for Testing And Materials in 1961
– Officially became ASTM International in 2001 with the tagline Standards Worldwide
– Safety Equipment Institute (SEI) became a subsidiary in 2016

Membership and Organization:
– Membership open to anyone interested
– Standards developed within committees initiated by member requests
– Members classified as users, producers, consumers, and general interest
– Over 30,000 members from 140+ countries
– Classified as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

Standards Compliance:
– ASTM International does not enforce compliance with its standards
– Standards may become mandatory when referenced by contracts, corporations, or governments
– ASTM standards adopted in U.S. federal, state, and municipal regulations
– Other governments worldwide also reference ASTM standards
– ASTM F963 standard mandatory for toy safety in the U.S.

See Also:
– International Organization for Standardization
– Materials property
– Pt/Co scale
– Technical standard

– ASTM International. What is ASTM International?
– Gerard, Barbara. What is ASTM International?
– Safety Equipment Institute Becomes ASTM Subsidiary
– ASTM International and CEN Extend and Expand Cooperation Program
– Membership. ASTM International. Detailed Overview.

ASTM International (Wikipedia)

ASTM International, formerly known as American Society for Testing and Materials, is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services. Some 12,575 ASTM voluntary consensus standards operate globally. The organization's headquarters is in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, about 5 mi (8.0 km) northwest of Philadelphia.

ASTM International
Founded1902; 122 years ago (1902)
HeadquartersWest Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, U.S
Area served
United States (1898–present)
International (1898–present)

It was founded in 1902 as the American Section of the International Association for Testing Materials (see also International Organization for Standardization).

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