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1 ASTM International Government Interface and Corporate Outreach Jeff Grove Director, Government & Industry Affairs ASTM Washington Office Teresa Cendrowska Director, External Relations

2 Government Interface

3 ASTM Washington Office Reopened in November of 2004. Connects ASTMs work and builds awareness. Represents ASTM before Congress, federal agencies, ANSI, other SDOs, trade associations. Engages in legislative, regulatory, and trade matters. Builds and strengthens relationships

4 Advancing ASTMs Mission and Business Strategies Remove barriers to the worldwide acceptance and use of ASTM standards. Ensure proper citation of ASTM standards in laws and regulations. Address government policies that duplicate or conflict with the interests of ASTM. Identify opportunities for new ASTM activities Government legislative, regulatory, and research initiatives create the need for new private sector standards.

5 U.S. Standards System Voluntary, market-driven and led by the private sector Requires cooperation among stakeholders: Standards organizations Industry and users/consumers Academia Government representatives Stakeholders needs must be met: Protect health, safety and environment Enhance industry competitiveness Facilitate global trade

6 U.S. Legal and Policy Framework National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1994 and OMB A-119: … all Federal agencies and departments shall use technical standards that are developed or adopted by voluntary consensus standards bodies, using such technical standards as a means to carry out policy objectives or activities determined by the agencies and departments….and shall, when such participation is in the public interest…participate with such bodies in the development of technical standards.

7 Other U.S. Laws of Interest Consumer Product Safety Act Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Modernization Act of 1997 Homeland Security Act of 2002 Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 Telecommunications Act of 1996 Fastener Quality Act Amendments of 1999

8 U.S. Government as a User of Voluntary Consensus Standards Incorporation by Reference: An agency may adopt a voluntary standard (without change) by incorporating the standard in a regulation by listing (or referencing) the standard by title. As a Basis for Rulemaking: The agency reviews a standard and makes changes to match their needs. During a rulemaking, an agency must publish in the Federal Register its intent to incorporate a standard or to make a revision to an existing standard part of a rule. Public comments may result in changes to the proposed rule before it is instituted.

9 U.S. Government Participation and Use ASTM standards continue to meet Government needs 2006 NTTAA 10 year review demonstrates our value U.S. Government is both an equal partner and key stakeholder 1000 units of U.S. Government participation in ASTM Active in 93% of ASTMs committees Wide array of agencies represented Relationships with Federal Standards Executives Serves on ASTM Internationals Board of Directors

10 ASTM Standards in U.S. Law Of the 6500 Voluntary Consensus Standards incorporated by reference in the US Code of Federal Regulations, ASTM standards are listed over 3000 times ASTM International is the number one SDO on the Governments Top Ten Regulatory SDO List See:

11 Standards Incorporated by Reference in Regulations Standards Developing OrganizationAcronymNumber American Society for Testing and MaterialsASTM3348 American National Standards InstituteANSI805 American Society of Mechanical EngineersASME666 National Fire Protection AssociationNFPA546 Society of Automotive EngineersSAE503 American Petroleum InstituteAPI438 Reprographic Technologies348 Underwriters Laboratories, Inc.UL339 State of Illinois, Administrative CodeI.A.C.338 International Maritime OrganizationIMO330

12 What Agencies are Participating? Agriculture – 59 Commerce – 194 NIST CPSC – 33 DoD – 47 DoE – 57 DoJ – 11 DoT– 58 EPA – 68 FAA – 12 HHS (includes FDA) – 90 HUD – 7 Interior – 49 NASA – 47 NRC – 10 OSHA – 13 Treasury – 45 VA – 4

13 U.S. CFR Citations of ASTM Standards Energy – 50 Commerce – 12 Consumer Products - 9 Food and Drug – 129 Highways – 279 Housing – 320 Interior - 17 Labor – 56 Environment – 692 Shipping (including Coast Guard) – 707 Transportation – 279 Agriculture - 240

14 Benefits to the U.S. Government Eliminate/reduce costs of developing standards Decrease costs of good purchased Commercial off the shelf procurement Promotes efficiency and economic competition Relies on the private sector to meet needs Access to industry experts and technology Process is faster and more dynamic

15 ASTM Initiatives with U.S. Government Ensure reference to current standards Regular review of the Code of Federal Regulations and Congressional Record Understand procurement and regulatory standards needs Review of Regulatory Plan and Agenda New Work Item Registration questions Encourage government liaison with and participation in committee activities

16 New ASTM Committees in Partnership with US Government E54 – Homeland Security Applications (DHS) E55 – Pharmaceutical Application of Process Analytical Technology (FDA) E56 – Nanotechnology (OSTP) F37 – Light Sport Aircraft (FAA) F38 – Unmanned Vehicle Systems (FAA) F39 – Normal and Utility Category Airplane Electrical Wiring Systems (FAA)

17 Facts and Challenges Standards are not always the top priority Constant educational process Agencies must use NPRM to update or revise references Roles and attitudes vary across agencies Keep up with the changes and build relationships States lack an NTTAA-like policy The government is an equal player

18 ASTM Strategy Understand agency needs, concerns and goals, and how ASTM fits into their agenda. Communicate Seek advice from agency reps and other committees No one size-fits-all approach Be flexible to meet the needs of agencies

19 Corporate Outreach

20 ASTM Organizational Objective Promote a greater corporate awareness regarding the importance of standards and the value of ASTM. ASTM 2006 objectives approved by the Board.

21 ASTM Engages Decision-makers To raise awareness of standards and ASTM To seek industry feedback on activities and challenges including the removal of global barriers to the acceptance and use of ASTM standards To identify opportunities for collaboration on policy (regulatory and trade) issues of mutual interest To ensure ASTM is meeting industry needs

22 Challenges Executives lack standards knowledge Casual knowledge of international standardization View it as technical issue instead of trade barrier Preconceived notions and misinformation Confusion about what an international standard is and isnt Often make quick standards decisions Easiest or cheapest rather than strategic

23 Standards Impact Trade and the Economy The U.S. Commerce Department estimates that standards-related issues impacted 80% of world commodity trade. 2000 German study found the direct economic benefit of standardization was 1% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

24 Benefits to Industry Are Clear Minimize safety hazards Manage liability while reducing risk Satisfy regulations and laws Facilitate global trade Reap cost savings by procuring readily available equipment at lower costs Reduce internal company specifications

25 ASTM Can Help Industry Meet Global Challenges The benefit of ASTMs MOUs with 47 developing countries MOUs embed ASTM standards directly into the national portfolios of these countries and into their technical regulations ASTM standards open doors and open markets Easier to export products made and tested to ASTM standards. Technology transfer improves infrastructure for sourcing

26 ASTM Message to Industry ASTM meets World Trade Organization (WTO) criteria for international No WTO list of international bodies WTO recognizes multiple approaches to international standardization ASTM supports industry needs to choose the best standard, regardless of the source ASTM makes it easy to participate in international standards development Technology drives efficiency

27 ASTM Corporate Outreach ASTM is connecting to the business and manufacturing community Staff has already completed 20 meetings with companies and associations Washington, Philadelphia, Detroit, Beijing (Oct) ASTM Board has commissioned two studies to illustrate standards impact on profitability Enables us to target broader audiences. ASTM plans to share information with officers so that they are part of the message

28 Questions? Comments? THANKS! Jeff Grove Director, Government & Industry Affairs ASTM International 1828 L Street, NW, Suite 906 Washington, DC 20036 phone: 202-223-8505 Email: Teresa Cendrowska Director, External Relations ASTM Headquarters Phone: 610-832-9718 Email:

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