Created in 1898, ASTM International has become one of the largest voluntary standards developing, not-for-profit organizations in the world. ASTM provides a forum for the development and publication of voluntary consensus standards for materials, products, systems, and services from its members. The members of ASTM represent producers, users, consumers, government, and academia from over 100 countries and are responsible for the development of technical documents that are the basis for manufacturing, management, procurement, codes, and regulations.
What is a standard?
As used in ASTM, a standard is a document that has been developed and established within the consensus principles of the organization and which meets the requirements of ASTM procedures and regulations. Full consensus standards are developed with the participation of all parties who have a stake in the standards’ development and/or use.
How and where are ASTM standards used?
ASTM standards are used by individuals, companies, and agencies around the world. Purchasers and sellers incorporate standards into contracts; scientists and engineers use them in their laboratories and offices; architects and designers use them in their plans; government agencies around the world reference them in codes, regulations, and laws; and many others refer to them for guidance.
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