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March 16, 2020

Underwriters Laboratories and ASTM International Sign First International Collaboration Agreement

Additive manufacturing facility safety

ASTM International to publish UL document as ISO-ASTM standard

NORTHBROOK, Ill. – March 16, 2020 – Underwriters Laboratories and ASTM International have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to establish a framework for cooperation on developing an international, dual-logo ISO and ASTM standard. The agreement is the first of its kind between the two standards development organizations.

Under the terms of the MOU, ASTM will serve as the standards developing organization (SDO), which includes managing all activity and administrative support. This will involve convening ASTM’s additive manufacturing technical committee (known as F42) to review and advance the document and ultimately publishing the standard. The document’s basis will be UL 3400 Outline of Investigation for Additive Manufacturing Facility Safety Management, which was developed using UL research.

“This partnership brings together both organizations’ expertise and shared desire to drive global safety,” said UL Standards Vice President Global Standards Phil Piqueira. “It leverages ASTM’s technical committee and relationship with ISO with our document and research to drive impact and positively influence the international standards landscape.”

“The collaborative nature of global standardization creates many opportunities for partnership with other SDOs,” said Brian Meincke, ASTM International’s Vice President of Finance, Business Development and Innovation. “We appreciate these opportunities to share knowledge with partners like Underwriters Laboratories to help advance public safety in this fast-evolving field.”

ASTM International has an agreement in place with the International Standardization Organization (ISO) to publish standards documents as ASTM-ISO standards. Under the agreement, UL Standards will transfer to ASTM its copyright of the material in UL 3400 and the published standard will include attribution to UL Standards for its contribution of content and technical expertise.

About Underwriters Laboratories
Underwriters Laboratories is a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the UL public safety mission through the discovery and application of scientific knowledge. We conduct rigorous independent research and analyze safety data, convene experts worldwide to address risks, share knowledge through safety education and public outreach initiatives, and develop standards to guide safe commercialization of evolving technologies. We foster communities of safety, from grassroots initiatives for neighborhoods to summits of world leaders. Our organization employs collaborative and scientific approaches with partners and stakeholders to drive innovation and progress toward improving safety, security, and sustainability, ultimately enhancing societal well-being. To learn more, visit UL.org.

About ASTM International
Committed to serving global societal needs, ASTM International positively impacts public health and safety, consumer confidence, and overall quality of life. We integrate consensus standards – developed with our international membership of volunteer technical experts – and innovative services to improve lives… Helping our world work better. www.astm.org