What Is the Purpose of ASTM

As stated in the ASTM Technical Committee Officer Handbook (1), the charter purpose is "the development of standards on characteristics and performance of materials, products, systems and services; and the promotion of related knowledge."

Currently, ASTM has 132 standards-writing technical committees, publishes more than 9,000 standards annually, and has more than 35,000 technically qualified members who voluntarily develop and maintain current standards in their committee specialty (2). The more familiar standards developed by ASTM include the concrete, iron, and steel products standards used in the construction industry today. These standards have been developed for public safety. Other categories of ASTM standards include nonferrous metal products; metals; construction products (cement, road paving, roofing, masonry, insulation, sealants, soil, wood); petroleum fuels; lubricants; paints; coatings; textiles; plastics; rubber, electrical insulation; electronics; water; environmental technology; nuclear, solar, and geothermal energy; medical devices; emergency services; general laboratory analytical methods; hazardous substances; biotechnology, and others (2). These published standards are available for purchase from ASTM (100 Barr Harbor Drive, West Conshohocken, Penn., 19428-2959; phone (610) 832-9585).

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  • Melba Burrows
    What is the purpose of astm?
    2 years ago

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