The full version of ASTM can be described as the American Society for Testing and Materials. ASTM International is now known as an international standards body that creates and publishes consensus-based technical standards covering various products and services, materials, and even systems. About 125,000 ASTM non-conclusive standards are in use throughout the world. The headquarters of the ASTM organization is located in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania.
It is among the most important international standards development organizations around the globe. ASTM was founded under the name of the American Section of the International Association for Testing Materials in 1898. In addition, it was established before other standards organizations like those of the IEC (1906), BSI (1901), ANSI (1981), DIN (1917), ISO (1947), as well as AFNOR (1926). ASTM has a committee made up of professionals from the industry who help create ASTM standards for various materials, products, and services. They regularly meet in a transparent and open process.
The standards are created to enhance the lives of the people who live them by combining the latest business solutions offered by ASTM. This improves the quality and performance of the products and services and assists customers in purchasing and using materials, products, or services without worry. ASTM International Standards are divided into six categories. They include Standard Specification, Standard Practice, Standard Guides, Standard Test Methods, and Standard Classification.