ASTM – International standards
ASTM, American Society for Testing and Materials, is one of the globally recognized leader in the development of international safety standards. They have been defining over 12,000 standards since their creation in 1898. Now the company has become global with offices in different continents: USA, Belgium, Canada, China, Mexico.
The company offers a wide range of services for professionals from the manufacturing and import industry. We can learn about the current international standards with online tools and training services. They also have laboratories for testing services and publish continuously all the international standards updates.
International standards advantages
Such international standards are fundamental to ensure the end-customer satisfaction and safety while purchasing a product. It is also advantageous for the importers. Indeed, by using the international standards to communicate with the suppliers, there is very little space for misunderstanding in term of quality and safety level requested.
The international standards provide also to the companies a frame in which they can compete by respecting the same quality and safety levels. It helps to keep control on the market and it allows to sell a product in different countries applying the same standard.
Industries and norms
All kind of industries are concerned by the international standards: construction, metals, petroleum, consumer goods, textiles, toys, food… as well as new technologies that need to define standards concomitantly with the new product development.
International laboratories such as SGS or TUV are regularly applying those standards for the products we are sending them for testing.
One of the most famous ASTM norm for consumer goods is the toy safety standard F963. This norm has improved the one already existing by taking into account the actual risk for kids to be strangled by a toy with ropes or magnets, an hazard that was disregarded in the past. Recently ASTM decided to improve it even more.
And you: what do you know about ASTM and the international standards?