New Program Assists ASTM Technical Committees

ASTM International board of directors has established the Interlaboratory Studies (ILS) program to aid technical committees in producing valid data for creating strong precision and bias statements. The board has committed four million dollars to the ILS program over the next five years.

The program is designed to help ASTM technical committees with its round-robin testing programs by removing administrative burdens from the committees. The program will provide staff support and financial resources to the committees by assisting with identification of participating laboratories and generating precision and bias statements and research reports. It will also collect data and oversee the generation and distribution of samples, according to the organization.

"The decision demonstrates the board's commitment to enhancing ASTM standards and supporting the committees. I am very pleased the board is willing to take such bold steps," said N. David Smith, ASTM International chairperson of the board.

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