In light of COVID-19 and ongoing safety concerns for members and staff, ASTM International announced the October Committee Week meetings in Atlanta are transitioning to an all-virtual format.
According to a press release, the decisions were based on several factors, including:
- Input from ASTM International members whose organizations are increasingly concerned with travel;
- Most participating committees opting to meet virtually;
- Specific information on the high case counts and hospitalizations in Atlanta; and
- Continued review of information and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and other governmental bodies.
The ASTM staff will contact committee leaders to plan for virtual meetings or other alternatives for conducting business. Decisions about upcoming independent meetings will be made by the respective executive subcommittees working with ASTM headquarters. ASTM says it will rely on relevant criteria and input points to assess the status of future standards development meetings and events, including the November and December committee weeks.