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August 15, 2011 - ASTM Proficiency Testing Programs (PTP) on Metals enable laboratories to assess their performance in conducting test methods, within their own laboratories, when their data is compared against other laboratories that participate worldwide in same program. Specific programs include Chemical Analysis of Aluminum, Chemical Analysis of Plain Carbon and Low-Alloy Steel, Chemical Analysis of Stainless Steel, Determination of Gold Bullion by Cupellation, and Mechanical Testing of Metals.

ASTM International Proficiency Testing Programs on Metals

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ASTM International
100 Barr Harbor Dr., Box C700
West Conshohocken, PA, 19428-2959

Press release date: August 11, 2011

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa.-ASTM Proficiency Testing Programs (PTP) programs are statistical quality assurance programs that enable laboratories to assess their performance in conducting test methods within their own laboratories when their data are compared against other laboratories that participate worldwide in the same program.

ASTM Proficiency Testing Programs (PTP) on Metals are sponsored by ASTM Committees E01 on Analytical Chemistry for Metals, Ores and Related Materials and E28 on Mechanical Testing. ASTM offers five metal programs:

  • Chemical Analysis of Aluminum
  • Chemical Analysis of Plain Carbon and Low-Alloy Steel
  • Chemical Analysis of Stainless Steel
  • Determination of Gold Bullion by Cupellation
  • Mechanical Testing of Metals

    Each participating laboratory completes the routine tests normally conducted within its own facility using the specified ASTM methods. By comparing results against others worldwide, laboratories are able to satisfy accreditation requirements and meet the increasing global demands for quality testing.

    For more information and to register online, visit or contact Melissa Catalano ( or Andrea Fata ( at ASTM International.

    ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.

    ASTM Staff Contact: Marsha Firman, Phone: 610-832-9612;
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