ASTM role in production and trade of product and services
International trade of crude oils and products requires a marketplace based on fair economic competition without unreasonable restraints and operating in an open and transparent environment. ASTM manages 140 Committees, with the participation of more than 30000 professionals and experts that represent 140 countries. ASTM is a not-for-profit International Organization is the leader in the development, technological update and sustainability of standardized Test Methods, Procedures, Guides and Quality Specifications of crude oils, lubricants and fuel products based on open participation and voluntary consensus. Through this leadership, ASTM standards for petroleum products strive to improve the precision, eliminate bias and establish correlations between methods that purport to ensure the same composition or quality parameters.
The Method Development Process
There are over 12000 ASTM test methods currently available to producers, users, consumers and general interest members. The process of generating new ASTM testing standards is a rigorous process entirely based on the sustainability and relevance that the market demands. In general, ASTM test methods are developed to reduce uncertainties in the determination of product quality parameters, enhance safety of technical operations and facilitate trade. This all comes to assure consumers’ confidence. The sustainability is also based in the periodic revisions of current methods to update them in terms of scope and fundamental technological principles and to upgrade them in terms of precision, specificity, selectivity and quality of analysis. Ayalytical Instruments, Inc., offers its customers a wide range of ASTM testing standards and applications to make the analytical process more efficient. Contact us for more information on these ASTM test methods.