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Did you know that ASTM offers both conference call lines and a virtual meeting platform through Webex for technical committee meetings? This information and these tips will help you decide which platform is best for your meeting and help make your... more
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Motions — an essential part of the consensus process — support many aspects of technical committee business. Only members can make a motion regarding meeting business.  Note that the Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees take top priority... more
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ASTM International offers its members many tools and services. Here’s a look at some of the most useful – and fundamental.
Regs — Or, Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees (aka The Regs), provides a set of rules to ensure consensus standards development in accordance with rigorous democratic procedures. Read The Regs in Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and... more
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Coming soon: Committee Week meetings will soon debut revamped online and on-site registration plus an upgraded smartphone meetings app.
The meeting event page and registration process will have: A consolidated search for meetings and symposia information and new event registration process for committee weeks and independent meetings. Direct hotel registration from event registration... more
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A collaboration area is your online forum for a specific standards activity. The collaboration area gives you and your task group a dedicated area for a specific standards project, whether a new standard or a revision to an existing one.  If you’re... more
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ASTM International committees use certain expressions to describe their work. Here are some you’ll likely encounter.
Ballot: Could be task group (though always informal at this stage), sub, or main (all defined below) as a new or revised standard goes through the required voting process. Chair: Usually said along with main, sub, task group to describe the person... more
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Need more information about a committee role or the standards process? If you have a specific question (or a few), contact your staff manager. To help increase your understanding of the standards process, technical contact/officer responsibilities,... more
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As a committee member, your participation drives the standards development process. Your knowledge and experience help to create useful standards of the highest technical quality. And your perspective adds value to the process, so please don’t... more
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2019 is a year for electing committee officers: chairman, vice chairman/chairmen, membership secretary, and recording secretary.  Subcommittee officers are not part of this election process as they are appointed separately in accordance with an... more
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You can vote. And you should. As an ASTM International member you are entitled — as stated in the Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees — to vote on all main and subcommittee ballots where you hold membership. These are your “voting... more
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Fairness. Productivity. Efficiency. These are universal goals for meeting outcomes in offices and conference rooms around the world. One tried-and-true tool to ensure fairness, productivity, and efficiency used by ASTM International technical... more

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