ASTM International and Mexico’s national standards body, Dirección General de Normas (DGN), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Oct. 29, 2021. DGN, part of the Secretaría de Economía (Ministry of Economy), coordinates the development of standards and regulations and promotes standardization use in Mexico.
Kathie Morgan, president, ASTM International, and Alfonso Guati Rojo Sánchez, general director of standards at the Secretaría de Economía, signed the MoU.
In her comments at the signing ceremony, Morgan said, “On behalf of ASTM International, I am honored and pleased to participate in this virtual ceremony for the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between ASTM and DGN. It is yet another step in ASTM International’s work in Mexico and Latin America, which began in earnest when the late Luis Ordóñez became a member of the ASTM’s board of directors in the early 2000s and ASTM held its very first international board meeting in Mexico City in 2002.”
The new MoU serves as a cooperation agreement allowing ASTM to continue this ongoing outreach to Mexico, which remains focused on:
- Enhancing communications to build government and industry awareness of ASTM International as a trusted technical source of information that supports public health and safety, consumer confidence, trade and the overall quality of life
- Inviting Mexican stakeholder participation in the development of ASTM standards to share knowledge and exchange best practices to ensure that ASTM standards meet and support Mexico’s local and global needs, ranging from governments to industries to the people of Mexico
- Encouraging collaboration on topics and issues of mutual interest
- Promoting standards education and related ASTM activities for students and professors
“To sign this MoU is for us a historical moment,” Guati remarked at the ceremony. “It’s very relevant in the evolution of the processes of implementation of quality infrastructure in Mexico. It’s very important to set these kind of agreements in order to disseminate and share information and train ourselves in the best way possible on high-quality standards that are prepared around the world to be able to improve our systems.
“I am convinced that the signing of this agreement today is just the starting point so we can develop and benefit from each other. Acknowledging all of the prior conversations that have made this MoU agreement a reality, the next phase is going to be the most exciting and interesting one, where each one of us will get this agreement going to maximize the benefits for the users, which will receive the best services out of this agreement.”
The meeting was attended by Jesús Cantú Escalante, head of the Unit of Regulations, Competitiveness and Competition of the Secretaría de Economía, who welcomed the participants and celebrated the adoption of the memorandum of understanding between DGN and ASTM International.
ASTM currently has almost 200 members from Mexico participating in the work of our technical committees as well as 45 companies participating in proficiency testing programs. In addition, ASTM has more than 350 student members in Mexico, from 15 university campuses.
“Working together,” Morgan said, “ASTM, DGN and developers of technical requirements in Mexico will be even better able to support innovation, competitiveness, sustainability and climate resilience through standards that reflect technical quality, market relevance and suitability to the task at hand. The opportunity to help foster innovation, promote safety and support economic growth in North America is a great opportunity for all of us.”