ASTM International Adds Certification Capabilities
November 22, 2009
The ASTM board of directors has authorized the group's management
to develop the capability to offer certification services. Titled
the ASTM International Certification Programs, the new initiative
is sponsored by ASTM International and offers the opportunity for
certification of products (materials, products, services and systems)
as well as personnel.
According to an announcement from the organization, the recent action
by the ASTM board is a response to inquiries, particularly in the
areas of new standards development activities, for ASTM to provide
certification to meet expressed needs for independent, third-party
demonstrations of compliance to standards. Similar requests have
come to ASTM from those facing regulatory pressures to demonstrate
"The board agreed that the ability for the Society to offer
certification programs as a part of ASTM's portfolio of services
- similar to our successful proficiency testing and training programs
- is important in remaining relevant in the changing global marketplace,"
says James A. Thomas, president of ASTM International. "This
is the first step toward certification in ASTM's 111-year history.
The board approved this initiative to satisfy the requirements of
ASTM's diverse stakeholder community and to meet the needs of industries
relying on ASTM International standards."
All program initiatives will be based on the level of interest of
the relevant ASTM technical committee as well as the support of
for further information on the new programs.
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