About ASME Standards and Certification

lead image

About Codes and Standards

ASME is the leading international developer of codes and standards associated with the art, science, and practice of mechanical engineering. Starting with the first issuance of its legendary Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code in 1914, ASME's codes and standards have grown to nearly 600 offerings currently in print. These offerings cover a breadth of topics, including pressure technology, nuclear plants, elevators / escalators, construction, engineering design, standardization, and performance testing.

Developing and revising ASME codes and standards occurs year-round. More than 4,700 dedicated volunteers — engineers, scientists, government officials, and others — contribute their technical expertise to protect public safety, while reflecting best practices of industry. The results of their efforts are being used in over 100 nations; thus setting the standard for code-development worldwide.

ASME develops voluntary standards that enhance public safety, health, and quality of life as well as facilitate innovation, trade, and competitiveness.

ASME develops and revises standards based on market needs through a consensus process whose meetings dealing with standards-related actions are open to all members of the public. ASME consensus committees are comprised of volunteer subject matter experts from a diverse range of interests, including manufacturers, users, government, and general interest. ASME standards and subsequent revisions are based upon review of reliable technical data by the consensus committee and its sub-tier committees.

The ASME process includes a broad public review for all of its standards actions. Any interested member of the general public may review and comment on proposed ASME standards or revisions, as well as initiate an appeal based on previously submitted concerns. ASME's voluntary standards may be adopted by jurisdictional authorities as a means of complying with their governing regulatory requirements.

ASME standards are accepted for use in more than 100 countries around the world.

Standards & Certification Vision:

To be the world leader in mechanical and multidisciplinary engineering codes, standards, conformity assessment programs, and related products and services.

Standards & Certification Mission:

Develop the best, most applicable codes, standards, conformity assessment programs, and related products and services in the world for the benefit of humanity. Involved the best and brightest people from all around the world to develop, maintain, and promote the use of these ASME products and services world about.

Certification and Accreditation

ASME conformity assessment programs—under which a company or an individual is assessed and certified based on demonstrated ability to meet the requirements of an ASME standard—continue to provide a vital service to enhancement of public safety and facilitation of international commerce.
Development Process

Frequently asked questions about Codes & Standards' development process.
Facilitating the Commercialization of Innovative Technologies

Developers of innovative technologies oftentimes face the challenge of gaining market acceptance; standards can serve as a vital tool for building trust between producers and consumers and for providing access to global markets. ASME Standards Technology, LLC (ASME ST-LLC) was established to facilitate the standardization of innovative technology, by initiating and managing leading edge research projects essential to standards development.
ASME Codes and Standards - Examples of Use for Mechanical
Engineering Students


This booklet includes articles, written by thirteen experts who either work for ASME or serve on ASME Committees. The articles explore different facets of ASME Codes and Standards.
ASME Codes and Standards - Chronology

Key milestones in ASME Codes and Standards history are highlighted in this chronology from the History and Heritage Center.
The Why and How of ASME Standards & Certification

This brochure includes information in regards to why and how ASME is involved in standards and certification activities.