The PSDO cooperation agreement aims to optimize stakeholder resources in the development of additive manufacturing standards where both ISO and ASTM have expertise, and to shorten time to market. The decision to set up the agreement follows the recent creation of ISO technical committee (TC) 261, Additive manufacturing. ASTM's committee F42, Additive manufacturing technology, had important work in this area, and it was decided that both groups would benefit from combining their expertise.
"Adopting a spirit of inclusion and cooperation vis-à-vis other standardizing bodies can only increase the market relevance of our standards, while ensuring an effective and efficient use of resources," said ISO Secretary-General Rob Steele.
"As opportunities to forge collaborations in global standards development emerge in exciting new areas such as additive manufacturing, ASTM International stands ready to work with others to avoid duplication of effort and better serve our stakeholders," said ASTM International president Jim Thomas.
A network of the national standards bodies of 163 countries, ISO develops international standards for business, government, and society. It has a current portfolio of more than 18,600 standards for almost every sector of economic activity and technology, from agriculture and construction to information and communication technologies, safety, and the environment.
ASTM International is an ANSI member and audited designator. Today, some 12,000 ASTM standards are used around the world to improve product quality, enhance safety, facilitate market access and trade, and build consumer confidence.
For more information, see ISO's press release.