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ASTM--October Missive

Posted By Victor Hertz, Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Dear Colleagues,

A funny thing happened on the way to the standard.

Granted, that title would never make it on Broadway. It does, however, illustrate the sometimes-circuitous nature of ushering a standard through the approval process. Frustrating though the process can be, it is amusing (in hindsight) to note that the re-balloting was necessary for several reasons. Chief among these is the discovery that the ballot published had as its base a draft written almost three years ago--a draft which did not incorporate many of the changes made as a result of stakeholder feedback. I have no idea how this happened, but such are the mysteries of bureaucracy.
The new ballot (Draft 32, if you are keeping score at home) has been updated to incorporate a number of critical changes that, I hope you'll agree, are major improvements compared to the previously-balloted measure.

The ballot will make its debut on the ASTM website October 12, and I urge all members of ALC to vote in favor of adoption. If you have any questions as to your eligibility and/or details of the ballot, please feel free to reach out to me by email at

Respectfully submitted,

Victor Hertz
Accredited Language Services


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