ASTM International, one of the world’s largest standards development organizations based in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, U.S.A., announced that it would launch its first-ever international chapter later this year. The chapter will be based in the United Arab Emirates.
“ASTM International standards are already being used in the Gulf, and the planned chapter is a natural extension of this involvement,” said Dr. Rashid bin Fahad, a former ASTM International board member. “This addition to our cooperation will benefit all those involved.”
The stakeholders met at the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council (QCC), which uses ASTM International standards. The group appointed a nominating committee to identify chapter officers, reviewed draft bylaws, and discussed potential chapter goals, including:
• Strengthening involvement of UAE and other Gulf technical experts in standards-related activities and events, including those focused on the region’s specific needs;
• Sharing information on the UAE and the Gulf’s societal needs and emerging trends so that ASTM International can develop solutions; and
• Providing a direct link between the UAE and ASTM International.
ASTM International has several memoranda of understanding with Gulf standardization bodies, including one with the Emirates Authority for Standardization & Metrology (ESMA) since 2007. Hundreds of ASTM International members and customers are based in the Gulf.
ASTM International President Katharine Morgan said, “We are excited to deepen our already strong relationships with industry and governments throughout the Gulf. I look forward to seeing how this chapter will flourish and bring economic and societal benefits to this dynamic region.