NOVEMBER 2013    

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HEADLINES...This month's top stories 
ASTM Announces Personal Certification Program for Aviation and Aerospace Technicians 
The National Center for Aerospace and Transportation Technologies (NCATT) will become part of ASTM International and continue to provide non-regulatory, industry-recognized personnel certifications for aviation and aerospace technicians. With the addition of NCATT's programs, ASTM will continue to build upon its strategy to provide new programs and services targeted to the aviation and aerospace industries. NCATT currently offers seven personnel certification programs and has issued more than 1,200 certifications and endorsements. ASTM will expand these programs globally and provide even more opportunities to thousands of subject matter experts and technicians across the aviation industry. [Full Story] 
New Online Water Portal 
Standards play an important role in global water quality. To highlight this, a Water Portal has been launched at The portal provides a portfolio of ASTM standards related to water, and addresses the need for standards for water testing, transport, recycling and safety. It includes information and listings of water-related standards developed by a range of ASTM committees, including D18 on Soil and Rock, D19 on Water, D34 on Waste Management and more. Visitors can explore one of the five interest areas: environmental preservation, stewardship and sustainable use; testing and maintenance of water quality; extraction, transportation and infrastructure; water recapture, efficiency, reuse, recycling and sustainability; and consumer and industry water usage.
Reminder - Renew Your ASTM Membership for 2014 
Don't forget to renew your membership for 2014. It is easy to do online at View information about the benefits for all membership types: participating, organizational, informational and student, invite a colleague to join or watch the Benefits of ASTM Membership video.
New ASTM Portals Offer Tailored Instant Access 
ASTM Portals provide access to ASTM content in one platform, including standards, training, engineering publications, translations and more. When you build a subscription, your entire staff can instantly connect to the ASTM informational materials they need. Special features include tools for adding notes, images and attachments for sharing with your staff; color-coded highlighting that identifies changes to standards; translated standards; and access to the thousands of papers and books in the ASTM Standards and Engineering Digital Library. Visit To order, contact [Full Story] 
ASTM Committee to Co-Sponsor American Society for Composites Conference
ASTM International Committee D30 on Composite Materials is a co-sponsor of the 29th Annual Technical Conference of the American Society for Composites. The conference will be held Sept. 8-10, 2014, at the University of California, San Diego, in La Jolla, Calif. Abstracts are welcome and due Jan. 15, 2014. For the full list of conference topics and submission details, visit For more information, contact Ashley Wiand (  
Free Virtual Classroom for Members 
ASTM offers free one-hour online training courses for members. The course    New Member Orientation and Training will take place Nov. 19 and Jan. 8. On-Demand tutorials include Strategic Planning and New Activity Development, Electronic Balloting and more. Visit
COMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees


Homeland Security

Two new Committee E54 specifications are the first standards to present baseline performance requirements for point chemical vapor detectors. [Full Story] 

Nondestructive Testing

Committee E07 welcomes all interested parties to participate in the standards developing activities of its subcommittee on Digital Imaging and Communication in Nondestructive Evaluation (DICONDE). [Full Story] 

Additive Manufacturing 

ASTM has signed a memorandum of understanding with the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute that outlines a framework of cooperation for the development of additive manufacturing standards. [Full Story] 

Wrestling Mats    

A new Committee F08 standard will be used to alert and remind users of important hazards and handling issues related to wrestling mats. [Full Story] 

Stainless Steel 

Committee A01's new standard provides a test method for detecting detrimental phases in lean duplex austenitic/ferritic stainless steels. [Full Story]

Carpet Sanitizer

The E35 subcommittee on Antimicrobial Agents is developing a standard that will be used to quantitatively evaluate the antibacterial activity of carpet sanitizers. [Full Story] 

Medical Products

A proposed new Committee F04 standard will be used in the design, development, quality control and comparison of a variety of collagen-based medical products, including surgical implants. [Full Story]

Thermal Measurements

Committee E37 is working on a standard for rotational viscometry, a tool used to determine the viscosity of fluids, including paints, petroleum products and polymer solutions[Full Story] 

Sustainable Roofing

Committee D08 is developing several standards for sustainable roofing systems[Full Story]

Precast Concrete

Five proposed standards are under way in Committee C27. [Full Story] 
Analytical Chemistry    
Committee E01 will hold a workshop on Impact of Accreditation on Reference Materials and Method Development in Analytical Laboratories Supporting the Metals and Ores Industries in May 2014 at NIST. [Full Story]  

GLOBAL NOTES  . . . ASTM Around the World  

ASTM Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Cameroon

ASTM International signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Agence des Normes et de la Qualité (ANOR), the National Standards Body of Cameroon, on Oct. 30 at ASTM headquarters. The MOU program is designed to encourage, increase and facilitate the participation of technical experts from around the world in the ASTM standards development process. Through MOU agreements, global national standards bodies reference, adopt, or use ASTM standards as the basis of their national standards. ASTM has signed a total of 85 memorandums of understanding with national and regional standards bodies worldwide. Visit

ASTM Amusement Safety Standards Accepted by Bolivian Government
Bolivian officials have announced the acceptance of amusement ride safety standards developed by ASTM International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices. The announcement was made at a seminar on amusement ride safety held in La Paz, Bolivia, in late August. F24 standards were used as the basis for new Bolivian standards that cover ownership, operation, maintenance, inspection and testing performance for amusement rides and devices. The incorporation of ASTM standards by IBNORCA, the national standards body of Bolivia, was made possible through a memorandum of understanding signed by the two organizations in 2002. ASTM worked closely with IBNORCA to facilitate review of the official Spanish translations of the F24 standards. [Full Story] 

DID YOU KNOW? . . . Healthcare and Standards


While always newsworthy, healthcare services and products are an especially hot topic in the United States right now. Did you know that several ASTM International standards make vital contributions to the international healthcare industry? A variety of ASTM test methods, specifications and guides advance human health by improving care delivery, supporting medical research and drug manufacturing, enhancing products and services and much more. Representatives from industry, academia and trade associations, including leading healthcare practitioners, technical experts, engineering professionals and members of agencies like the U.S. Food and Drug Administration develop these standards. ASTM standards cover topics like medical and surgical devices and instrumentscomputer-assisted orthopaedic surgical systems; human clinical trials and tissue engineered medical products; medical packaging; MRI  technology; electronic health records; nanotechnologyemergency medical services; anesthetic and respiratory equipment and more. Download a full overview of ASTM's healthcare related standards, or view the full list of ASTM standards related to medical devices and implants.