Global Cooperation

ASTM International is an organization of inclusion - offering global access to fully transparent standards development, resulting in the highest technical excellence in standardization.

MoU Program

Initiated in 2001, ASTM International's Memorandum of Understanding program promotes:

Communication between signatory member standards bodies;

Awareness of each other's standardization systems; development of national standards;

De-duplication of efforts; and support of the development activities of members.

Over 100 participating national and regional standards bodies worldwide.

Standards Expert Program

Established in 2005, the Standards Expert Program (SEP) is a key benefit offered to MoU signatories. Each year, through the SEP, ASTM offers to host up to four standards experts for two-three week periods at ASTM headquarters. During their stay, the expert learns about ASTM International and its operations, ASTM technical committees and ASTM's virtual tools.

Cooperative Training Programs

For more information on Cooperative Training Programs, please contact Global Cooperation.

Intensive Training Program

Available to representatives of industry and government who wish to utilize or better understand and apply ASTM International standards; and contribute to or influence the content of the ASTM standards to reflect local market and regulatory needs. The program typically includes 8 – 10 participants who come to the U.S. for training.

MoU Technical Visitor Grant Program

The MoU Technical Visitor Grant Program is a special funding opportunity offered by ASTM to its MoU signatories to strengthen the participation of technical experts from around the world in the ASTM standards development process.

Online Training for International Standardization

ASTM International working cooperatively with its members and MoU partners, regularly provides guidance, training, and support to technical experts and the staff of national standards bodies via webinars.

Road Shows

ASTM International Road Shows are opportunities for senior staff and members of the Global Cooperation Department to meet with stakeholders worldwide — from current and potential MoU partners, public and private organizations, businesses small and large, universities, and government officials. Past Road Shows have included visits to South America, Central America, the Caribbean, and Asia.

World Trade Organization

ASTM complies with the WTO Technical Barriers to Trade Agreement principles.