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committeenewsCOMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees

Light Sport Aircraft     

Manufacturers of fixed wing light sport aircraft are required to revise their Pilot's Operating Handbook for new production airplanes in accordance with two Committee F37 standards by Nov. 12. [Full Story]  


Cyanide Management   

A new Committee D19 standard will be referenced by the International Cyanide Management Code as a guide to related ASTM standards. [Full Story] 


Hydrogen Fuel Cell Vehicles    

Committee D03 is developing the last two standards of a series designed to support quality standards for hydrogen fuel cell vehicles being developed by SAE International and ISO. [Full Story]  


Disinfectants for Biofilm

Committee E35's new standard explains how to test the efficacy of disinfectants against certain biofilms. [Full Story]

Surgical Needles

Committee F04 is developing a standard that covers surgical needle penetration forces. [Full Story]   

Soil and Rock

A proposed new Committee D18 standard will cover procedures for assessing the integrity of concrete in cast-in-place deep foundation elements such as bored piles, drilled shafts and auger cast piles. [Full Story]  



Committee E06 is seeking input from users regarding an upcoming revision of its classification of building elements and related sitework - UNIFORMAT II standard. [Full Story]  

Additive Manufacturing    

ASTM and ISO have signed a Partner Standards Developing Organization cooperative agreement in the hopes of eliminating duplication of effort while maximizing resource allocation within the additive manufacturing industry. [Full Story]   


Nondestructive Testing    

A new Committee E07 standard will provide an industry-wide practice for inspecting long lengths of above ground steel pipework using guided wave testing. [Full Story]  

Surgical Implants    

Suppliers of titanium and purchasers who use the alloy in medical devices or implants will be the primary users of a new Committee F04 standard on tubing for surgical implant applications. [Full Story] 


Magnetic Properties    

Committee A06's new standard will provide an effective screening method to identify magnets that are subject to excessive corrosion in high humidity environments. [Full Story]  

more3GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world 

ASTM Signs MOU with Guyana          

ASTM International has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Guyana National Bureau of Standards (GNBS). ASTM President James A. Thomas and Evadnie Enniss, executive director of GNBS, signed the agreement in October. ASTM has signed MOUs with the national standards bodies of 72 countries and also has MOUs with three regional standards bodies. The MOU program promotes communication between ASTM International and national standards bodies worldwide.Click here to learn more.  

 more3DID YOU KNOW? . . . Vacuum Cleaners

Many might call it a necessary evil or consider it one of the more dreaded household chores, but if you really want to clean up floor or service dust and dirt in homes and buildings, an efficient vacuum cleaner is the way to go. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from small hand-held kinds to large industrial devices, but did you know there are ASTM standards for vacuums? ASTM Committee F11 on Vacuum Cleaners develops standards for all aspects related to vacuums, including air performance, cleanability (both on carpets and hard floors), durability and reliability, filtration, energy usage and performance, sound measurement and more. There are even standards for vacuum cleaner buyer guides and use and care booklets, and the committee is also developing new standards for the growing industry of floor cleaning steam appliances. Check out the F11 page on the ASTM website to learn more. 

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