What Is ASTM International?


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ASTM International develops and propagates voluntary consensus standards. Guided by over 30,000 of the top technical experts and business professionals from 140 countries, ASTM has developed over 12,000 ASTM standards that are used in the world today to improve the quality of products, improve health and safety, and improve consumer confidence. ASTM members create testing methods, classifications, and specifications standards for industries and organizations. ASTM develops standards for various industries including metals, petroleum, consumer products and construction.

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ASTM employs advanced Internet-based standards development tools and an open consensus process to develop standards in a democratic and global fashion. ASTM has over 140 technical standards-writing committees continually writing and updating standards in areas such as air quality, chemical-resistant nonmetallic materials, and road and paving materials. ASTM standards are written with principles laid out by the World Trade Organization. Additionally, ASTM offers training programs, proficiency testing, and certification and declaration.

ASTM International began as The American Society for Testing and Materials in 1898. It was founded by Charles B. Dudley, a chemist for the Pennsylvania Railroad. ASTM was founded in response to frequent rail breaks. The new organization developed a standard for the steel in the production of rails. ASTM is headquartered in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania and has offices in Canada, South America, Europe, and Asia.

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