LONDON The Russian Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology (GOST R), the national standards body of Russia, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with ASTM International, a developer of standards worldwide.
The aim is to remove technical barriers in economic and trade relations, create greater efficiency in the development of standards, deliver greater quality products, provide environmental and labor safety, and recognize the mutual benefits to be derived from cooperation in the field of standardization.
Established in 1898, ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM standards are widely used around the globe to safeguard public health and safety and improve the environment. ASTM standards are accepted and used as international standards in 75 countries worldwide.
The agreement was signed by Grigory I. Elkin, head of GOST R, and James A. Thomas, president, ASTM International, and Thomas said “With Russia’s aim to join the World Trade Organization in 2008, the MOU is a timely initiative that will foster much greater cooperation between Russia and ASTM International in the development of international standards.”
Through the MOU, the Russian Federation joins 47 other countries that have also signed MOUs with ASTM international. The MOU provides the Russian Federation access to the full collection of ASTM’s 12,000 standards. ASTM standards are an important source of technological know-how to advance manufacturing productivity and product quality that will bolster the capability for Russia to export and compete in global markets.
The MOU will also allow technical experts from Russian industry and scientific enterprises to influence the technical content of ASTM International standards and participate in the ASTM standards development process.