James A. Thomas,
President,
ASTM
 
Moscow, Russia --- (METERING.COM) --- April 11, 2007 – Russia’s national standards body, the Russian Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology (GOST R) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ASTM International as part of the country’s drive to join the World Trade Organization next year.

The agreement was signed by Grigory I. Elkin, head of the standards body, and James A. Thomas, president of ASTM International. The goals of the MOU are 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.”

After the signing, Thomas stated, “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.”  

The MOU gives the Russian Federation access to the full collection of ASTM’s 12,000 standards – a source of technological know-how to advance manufacturing productivity and product quality that will bolster Russia’s ability to export and compete in global markets. The MOU also allows technical experts from Russian industry and scientific enterprises to influence the technical content of ASTM International standards that are important to Russia’s economy, through direct free participation in the ASTM standards development process. ASTM standards are accepted and used as international standards in 75 countries worldwide.