ASME's codes and standards are developed by technical committees, each comprised of experts who represent the various facets of a given industry, such as manufacturers, installers, insurers, inspectors, end users, distributors, and regulatory agencies. Currently, over 4500 technical experts worldwide work with ASME in publishing approximately 500 codes and standards.
Participants in the Codes & Standards process play a vital role in enhancing the standards of their respective industry. We welcome you to learn more about joining or interacting with an ASME code or standards committee, or you can search for a committee by key word or department.
Charters of C&S Boards and Committees
ASME STANDARDS AND CERTIFICATION ORGANIZATION
ASME's standards and certification activities are conducted under the direction of its Council on Standards and Certification. Reporting directly to the Council are the following supervisory boards each of which are focused on a particular area:
- Conformity Assessment
- New Development
- Nuclear Codes and Standards
- Pressure Technology Codes and Standards
- Safety Codes and Standards
- Standardization and Testing
Each Supervisory Board is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the standards committees under their purview. Many of ASME's standards development committees are further organized into subtier committees, including subcommittees, subgroups, working groups, special working groups and project teams needed to support the development, update and maintenance of ASME's standards and certification programs.
In addition, ASME has established an Energy and Environmental Standards Advisory Board, which is tasked with coordinating new standards development, workforce development, certification programs and related products and services addressing global energy and environmental needs.
Each Supervisory Board and standards development committee has a web page. If you expand the list you can find a list of all existing committees. The Supervisory Board and standards development committee web pages have a charter which defines the scope of its activities and information concerning future meetings.
We also have a separate web page that includes the charter for all Supervisory Boards and standards development committees.
ASME has created a set of training modules to assist volunteers in fully leveraging their committee participation activities. These modules provide information regarding the Administrative, Procedural, and Legal aspects of committee participation. These modules are being made available for use in face-to-face training of groups, or for individual self-training. The training sub-modules will be periodically updated, as needed.
PRINCIPLES OF OPERATION
ASME's standards development process is characterized by the following key principles:
- Balance of Interest
- Due Process
These principles of ASME's process are consistent with the principles established for international standards development by the World Trade Organization's Technical Barriers to Trade Committee.
COMMITTEE PROCEDURES, POLICIES AND GUIDELINES
ASME's standards development activities are conducted in accordance with procedures accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
Additionally, ASME has established a number of Codes and Standards Guideline and policy documents to facilitate the preparation of committee agendas, minutes, manuscripts, and technical revisions.
ASME strives to engage the best and the brightest individuals on a worldwide basis and recognizes that facilitating their participation is key to developing technically sound and market relevant standards. To that end, ASME developed CS Connect, a web based tool used by volunteers and staff in all phases of the standards development process. This tool allows volunteers from around the world to participate on ASME committees, and provides a robust communication and process management solution for both proposal and balloting phases