ASTM International

American Society for Testing of Materials


ASTM International (ASTM), originally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials, is an international standards organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems, and services.

The organization’s headquarters is in West Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, about 5 miles northwest of Philadelphia.

ASTM (founded in 1898) predates other standards organizations such as BSI (1901), DIN (1917) and AFNOR (1926), but differs from these in that it is NOT a national standards body, that role being taken in the USA by ANSI.

However, ASTM has a dominant role among standards developers in the USA, and claims to be the world’s largest developer of standards. Using a consensus process, ASTM supports thousands of volunteer technical committees, which draw their members from around the world and collectively develop and maintain more than 12,000 standards.

ASTM International publishes the Annual Book of ASTM Standards each year in print, CD and online versions. The online version was available by subscription and cost was based upon usage. For 2008, the complete set of books or CDs cost almost USD $9000 and included 81 volumes.

Standards developed at ASTM are the work of over 30,000 ASTM members. These technical experts represent producers, users, consumers, government and academia from over 120 countries. Participation in ASTM International is open to all with a material interest, anywhere in the world.


A group of scientists and engineers, led by Charles Benjamin Dudley formed the American Society for Testing and Materials in 1898 to address the frequent rail breaks plaguing the fast-growing railroad industry. Their work led to standardization on the steel used in rail construction, ultimately improving railroad safety for the public.

As the century progressed and new industrial, governmental and environmental developments created new standardization requirements, ASTM answered the call with consensus standards that have made products and services safer, better and more cost-effective.

In 2001, ASTM changed name to ASTM International to reflect global participation in ASTM and worldwide use of its standards.

The proud tradition and forward vision that started in 1898 is still the hallmark of ASTM International.

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ASTM International has developed over 12000 Standards on a variety of subjects.

You can browse through various ASTM standards or search for a particular standard at this page on official website of ASTM International.

While browsing, the user can choose whether to access the listing By Interest Area or By ASTM Committee. The price details & purchase option are available on web pages of individual standards.

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