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Proposed ASTM Standard Would Support Small Aircraft Structure Evaluation

A proposed ASTM International standard would address requirements to evaluate small aircraft components as low stress structures. ASTM’s general aviation aircraft committee (F44) is developing the proposed standard. 

ASTM International Develops New Practices for Design of Orbital and Suborbital Space Vehicles

ASTM International’s commercial spaceflight committee (F47) is developing new practices for the design of orbital and suborbital space vehicles. The proposed standards will address suggested best practices associated with the design of these vehicles including how well the vehicle accommodates and protects the crew and space flight participants during launch, flight, and return.

New Standard Supports Gold Nanoparticle Characterization

A new ASTM International standard will support the characterization of engineered gold nanoparticles used in advanced technologies, including biomedical applications. ASTM’s nanotechnology committee (E56) developed the new standard (E3269).

Gold nanoparticles are being used in electronics, catalysis, and advanced coatings, but the largest application has been for biomedical purposes. These include imaging, diagnostics, photothermal therapy and targeted drug delivery.

Proposed Cannabis Standard Will Establish Retail Dispensary Cybersecurity Protocols

A proposed ASTM International standard will establish best practices for retail dispensary businesses to protect critical database information covering inventory and patient and customer personal information. ASTM International’s cannabis committee (D37) is developing the proposed standard.

ASTM International Standard Proposed as National Standard of Canada

An ASTM International standard for flame mitigation devices on disposable fuel containers, published by the consumer products committee (F15), is being proposed as a National Standard of Canada (NSC). 

Additive Manufacturing Committee Seeks Participation in Developing Construction Standard

Interested parties are invited to participate in the development of a proposed ASTM International standard that will address quality requirements for additive manufacturing (AM) in building and construction. The proposed standard will have a specific focus on structural and infrastructure elements. ASTM International’s additive manufacturing technologies committee (F42) is developing the proposed standard.

Proposed Exoskeleton Standard Would Support Cleaning and Sanitation Procedures

A proposed ASTM International standard will provide a guide for cleaning and sanitizing exoskeletons used in the clinical environment. ASTM’s exoskeletons and exosuits committee (F48) is developing the proposed standard.

ASTM International Committee Activity Focuses on Climate and Community Standards Development

New activity from ASTM International’s environmental assessment, risk management and corrective action committee (E50) aims to address climate impacts and resiliency. Three proposed standards are the first in development by the recently established subcommittee on climate and community (E50.07).  

ASTM International Committee Activity Focuses on Cannabis and Consumer Safety

A proposed standard from ASTM International’s cannabis committee (D37) aims to help ensure product quality and improve consumer safety in the cannabis industry. The standard is being created with support from contributions of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP).

New Standard Presents Best Practices for Pharmaceutical Freeze-Drying

A new ASTM International standard will aid the pharmaceutical industry by describing best practices in monitoring process and product condition during freeze-drying. ASTM’s committee on manufacture of pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical products (E55) developed the standard, which focuses on methods that apply to both laboratory and production environments.


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