ASTM, New Zealand Standards Body Sign MoU
Wednesday, August 26, 2020 | Comments

Representatives from global standards organization ASTM International and Standards New Zealand, a division of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU). The MoU will lead to a closer working relationship between ASTM and Standards NZ.

The MoU was signed by Katharine Morgan, president, ASTM International, and Carmen Mak, national manager Standards New Zealand. The agreement MoU promotes information exchange on topics of mutual interest and will also support Standards NZ’s review and consideration of ASTM standards for reference or adoption as solutions for New Zealand’s industry and regulation concerns.

The MoU signing happened during an hour-long virtual session. Following introductions from Morgan and Mak, Teresa Cendrowska, ASTM’s vice president of global cooperation, reviewed the provisions of the MoU. Jeff Grove, ASTM’s vice president of global policy, cooperation and communications then opened a conversation on areas of common business and technical interests between ASTM International and Standards NZ.

Brian Meincke, ASTM’s vice president of global business development and innovation strategy; Dan Smith, ASTM’s vice president of technical committee operations; Stan Stanilov, Standards NZ team leader for standards development, and Chris Forsman, Standards NZ senior advisor standards development, continued the conversation. They touched on common ground including several aspects of energy including electric vehicle chargers, energy efficiency, biomass boilers and New Zealand’s hydrogen program, as well as ASTM’s technical programs for aviation, cannabis, and additive manufacturing.

Following the formal signing, the session closed with a discussion on next steps for periodic discussions and collaboration opportunities.

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