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[5] [6] Members operate on one or more of the more than 140 ASTM technical committees. ASTM International has received several awards for contributions to the author of standards, including the ASTM International Award of Merit (the organization`s highest honor)[7] ASTM International is ranked by the United States Internal Revenue Service as 501(c)(3) nonprofit…