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1 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop Government Interface & Corporate Outreach September 2013 ASTM Virtual Officers Training Workshop Anthony Quinn & Sarah Petre

2 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop U.S. Standards System Voluntary and led by the private sector Requires cooperation among stakeholders –Standards organizations –Industry, consumers, and users –Government representatives –Academia Meets stakeholders needs –Protect safety, health, and environment –Improve industry competitiveness –Facilitate global trade and market access 2

3 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop ASTM International About ASTM International –Non-governmental, not-for-profit and international organization –Develops voluntary, consensus standards –Provides certification programs on limited basis –Does not provide accreditation services ASTMs objectives –Promotes public health and safety, and the overall quality of life –Contributes to the reliability of materials, products, systems and services –Facilitates national, regional, and international commerce 3

4 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop WTO Principles for Standards ASTM International principles: –Transparency –Openness –Impartiality and consensus –Effectiveness and relevance –Coherence –Consideration of developing nations views and concerns WTO principles: –Transparency –Openness –Impartiality and consensus –Effectiveness and relevance –Coherence –Consideration of developing nations views and concerns 4

5 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop I. Government Interface 5

6 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop ASTM in Washington, DC Connects ASTMs work and builds awareness among policymakers. Represents ASTM before Congress, Federal agencies, ANSI, other SDOs, and trade associations. Engages in legislative, regulatory, and trade matters. –Ensure proper recognition of ASTM standards in laws and regulations. Strengthens relationships with ASTM stakeholders, including private companies, embassy officials based in Washington, DC, industry associations, and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) 6

7 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop U.S. Legal and Policy Framework National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 (NTTAA) –Requires federal government agencies to use standards developed by voluntary consensus standards organization when possible –Encourages federal government agencies to participate in standards development organizations OMB Circular No. A-119 –Reinforces goals of National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act –Discourages federal agencies from using government-unique standards 7

8 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop Other U.S. Laws of Interest Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act –15,000 different types of consumer products Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Modernization Act of 1997 – Food safety, drugs, and cosmetic products Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 –Workplace safety and health 8

9 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop U.S. Government Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards All ASTM standards are voluntary unless they are used by the federal government in the following ways: –Procurement and Contracts with the Federal Government Standards are furnished to ensure that materials and services are obtained in an effective manner and in compliance with the provisions of applicable Federal statutes and executive orders –Regulation that incorporates standard by reference An agency may adopt a voluntary standard (without changes) by incorporating the standard in a regulation by listing (or referencing) the standard by title. This approach eliminates the cost to the agency of creating a new standard –Regulation based on existing standard An agency reviews an existing standard and makes changes to match its goal or need. Agency conducts rulemaking process to solicit public opinion and stakeholder input –Statute references standard 9

10 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop Federal Agencies & ASTM Standards U.S. Federal Register –Provides public notification of standards adoptions and instructions for public comments U.S. Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) –Over 10,000 references to voluntary consensus standards in federal law –Over 2,250 references to ASTM standards listed in CFR for regulations and procurement 10

11 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop Top 10 Regulatory SDOs in US 11 Source: Standards Developing OrganizationAcronymNumber American Society for Testing and MaterialsASTM2254 American National Standards InstituteANSI573 American Society of Mechanical EngineersASME555 U.S. Environmental Protection AgencyEPA472 Society of Automotive EngineersSAE436 National Fire Protection AssociationNFPA420 International Maritime OrganizationIMO316 American Petroleum InstituteAPI280 Insulated Cable Engineers AssociationICEA274 AOAC InternationalAOAC246

12 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop 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 12

13 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop U.S. Government Participation in ASTM U.S. Government is a partner and key stakeholder –Active U.S. Government participation in 93% of ASTM committees –Broad range of federal agencies represented on ASTM committees –Over 1400 representatives from the U.S. Government participate in ASTM committees 13

14 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop U.S. Government Participation in ASTM 14 U.S. Federal Agency ASTM Members Agriculture17 Commerce (incl. NIST)190 CPSC39 Defense308 Energy135 EPA108 FAA12 HHS (incl. FDA)136 HUD4 U.S. Federal Agency ASTM Members Interior27 Justice21 NASA52 NRC16 OSHA13 Transportation90 Treasury13 VA12

15 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop Facts and Challenges Standards are not always a top priority –Constant educational process Agencies must use lengthy rulemaking process to update or revise references Roles and attitudes vary across federal agencies At the U.S. state-level, no NTTAA-like policy exists ASTM Strategy Communicate Understand agency needs, concerns and goals, and how ASTM fits into their agenda Seek advice from agency reps and other committees No one size-fits-all approach –Be flexible to meet the needs of agencies

16 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop ASTM Initiatives with U.S. Government Educate about the U.S. system standardization, current relevant policies, and the value of ASTM standards Ensure proper reference to current ASTM standards –Regular review of the Code of Federal Regulations and Congressional Record –Coordinate technical committee communications to policymakers Understand agencies procurement and regulatory standards needs –Review of Regulatory Plan and Agenda –Encourage government liaison with and participation in committee activities 16

17 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop 17 II. Corporate Outreach

18 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop ASTM Objective Promote a greater corporate awareness regarding the importance of standards and the value of ASTM. –ASTM 2006 objectives approved by the Board. 18

19 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop 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 makes an international standard Often make quick standards decisions –Easiest or cheapest rather than strategic 19

20 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop ASTM Engages Decision-makers Raise awareness of standards and ASTM Identify opportunities for collaboration on policy (regulatory and trade) issues of mutual interest Seek industry feedback on activities and challenges –including the removal of global barriers to the acceptance and use of ASTM standards Ensure ASTM is meeting stakeholder needs –ASTM Board and Staff completed meetings with industry, trade associations, consumer groups, and other stakeholders around the world Washington, Stockholm, New York City, Moscow, Mexico City, Brussels, Beijing, London, Tokyo 20

21 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop Benefits to Industry Minimize safety hazards Manage liability while reducing risk Satisfy regulations and laws Facilitate global trade Reduce internal company specifications 21

22 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop ASTM Standards Impact the Global Economy Standards facilitate trade and boost GDP The U.S. Commerce Department estimates that standards-related issues impacted 80% of world commodity trade. ASTM standards impact the global economy 7,000 ASTM standards are used in regulation or adopted as national standards around the world. 22

23 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop Helping Industry Meet Global Challenges ASTMs MOUs with 80 developing countries and 3 with regional bodies –MOUs facilitate the use of ASTM standards directly into the national portfolios and technical regulations ASTM standards open doors and open markets –The ability to export products made and tested to ASTM standards 23

24 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop III. Questions and Discussion 24

25 September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop September 2013 ASTM Officers Training Workshop Contact Information Anthony Quinn Director, International Trade and Public Policy Sarah Petre Manager, Federal and Industry Affairs M Street, NW, Suite 1030 Washington, DC USA 25


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