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ASTM International and Burkina Faso National Standards Body Sign Memorandum of Understanding

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Representatives from global standards organization ASTM International and Agence Burkinabé de Normalisation, de la Métrologie et de la Qualité (ABNORM) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The agreement will foster a closer working relationship between the two standards organizations.

The MoU also seeks to strengthen the relationship to enhance support for the needs of the people of Burkina Faso, continue growth of the economy of Burkina Faso, and aid in the development of Burkinabe national standards for health, safety, and the environment.

The MoU was signed by Katharine E. Morgan, ASTM International president, and Issaka Zoungrana, ABNORM director general, bringing the total number of ASTM International MoUs to 118.

ASTM and ABNORM established the MoU to pursue the following goals:

  • Promote communications between the two organizations;
  • Avoid duplication of work efforts where possible;
  • Promote knowledge of the standards development activities of each organization;
  • Utilize the resources of ASTM International to strengthen the ABNORM standards system;
  • Promote greater ABNORM input and content into ASTM International standards through greater ABNORM participation in the ASTM standards development process; and
  • Promote the ABNORM acceptance and use of ASTM International standards.

Initiated in 2001, ASTM International’s Memorandum of Understanding program promotes communication and awareness among national standards bodies. To learn more about ASTM International’s MoU program, visit

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