Organized in 1898, ASTM (the American Society for Testing and Materials) has grown into one of the largest voluntary standards development systems in the world. ASTM is a not-for profit organization that provides a forum for producers, users, ultimate consumers, and those having a general interest (representatives of government and academia) to meet on common ground and write standards for materials, products, systems, and services. From the work of 132 standards-writing committees, ASTM publishes more that 9000 standards. ASTM headquarters has no technical research or testing facilities; such work is done voluntarily by 35,000 technically qualified ASTM members located throughout the world. ASTM provides continuing education and training in the use and application of ASTM standards through Technical and Professional Training courses. In 1987, ASTM formed the Institute for Standards and Research (ISR). The purpose of the Institute is to provide a mechanism for conducting research to improve the quality and timeliness of ASTM standards. It does no research, but serves as the intermediary between the standards-writing community and the public or private agencies that could provide appropriate research and technical services, or supply funding for such research.
ASTM is an ANSI Accredited by the Organization Method. All ASTM Committee E31 standards are approved as American National Standards.