ASTM International, a global standards organization, has signed memorandums of understanding with the national standards bodies of Côte d'Ivoire, Senegal, Ukraine, and Armenia, bringing the total number of MOUs to 105.
The program supports use of ASTM International standards while also encouraging global participation in the continued development of new and revised standards.
ASTM International’s president, Katharine Morgan, signed the four MOUs.
Joseph-Desire Biley, president of Côte d'Ivoire Normalisation (CODINORM), signed the first memorandum. CODINORM is a non-profit organization for standardization and a public utility that brings together private companies and the country’s government.
Barama Sarr, director of Association Sénégalaise de Normalisation (ASN) – part of Senegal’s Ministry of Industry and Crafts – signed the second memorandum. ASN supports standards development, awareness-building, and training for entities that drive Senegal’s economy while also helping those entities promote quality to benefit customers domestically and internationally.
Beyond access to ASTM International standards, CODINORM and ASN signed additional agreements that support access to technical experts.
Anna Lisina, director general of the Ukrainian Scientific-Research and Training Center of Issues of Standardization, Certification, and Quality (DSTU) signed the third memorandum. DSTU supports the operations and development of Ukraine’s national standardization system; certificates of products, services, and systems; and, training and retraining of specialists in standardization, certification, metrology, and management systems.
Yenok Azaryan, director of the Armenia National Institute of Standards (SARM), signed the fourth memorandum. SARM’s stakeholders and technical committees have developed about 950 new national standards to remove trade barriers and to promote export and import of products.
ASTM International’s MOU program was launched in 2001. To date, ASTM International has identified about 7,500 instances of its standards referenced in laws, regulations, codes, and more in countries outside the United States. For more information on this program, visit www.astm.org/GLOBAL or read ASTM International’s recently-released 2016 Annual Report.
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June 30, 2017