ASTM International welcomes the OECD case study, highlighted unique characteristics of ASMC's Global Standards
ASTM International today welcomed the publication of a report that highlights the unique features and benefits of the agile, independent process for the development of global standards.
The 55-page OECD report describes ASTM's "unique membership structure", "open participation" and "inclusive and representative decision-making process" as features that allow ASt International to quickly develop standards in rapidly-mov This, in turn, helps trade, protects the environment and protect protect the consumer.
The report notes that ASTM International's unique membership structure is aimed at ensuring a representative, inclusive decision-making process, with the aim of integrating as many as possible interested and affected actors in the industry and regulated field As well as other standards development organizations, "hey help regulators draw on international expertise and facilitate trade by reducing the cost of specification and conformity assessment." The report helps ASTM International prioritize efforts to improve the effectiveness, impact and relevance of its standards.
The report, entitled International Regulatory Co-operation and International Organizations: The Case of ASTM International, was published in the occasion of the annual meeting of its International Partnership for Effective International Rulemaking.
Katharine Morgan, the president of ASTM International, welcomed the publication of the report. "Our thanks to the recognition of ASTM's inclusive and agile approach to standards development," she said. "Many European institutions and sectors regularly rely on ASTM standards, while others have hesitated because they didn't understand how we fit in. The OECD report is useful in putting us on a level playing field with other international standards organizations.
The report OECD highlights several ASTM International standards success stories, including personal protective equipment for ice hockey goalies and medical professionals, sustainable aviation fuel and sustainable construction.
The OECD case study can be found at www.oecd.org/gov/regulatory-policy/irc-astm-case-study.pdf.
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