ASTM Full Form is American Society for Testing and Materials. ASTM is one of the world’s biggest International Standards Organizations. It is responsible for developing and publishing unanimous standards for various products, materials, services, and systems. It was Charles Benjamin Dudley along with a group of engineers and scientists formed ASTM in 1898.
This was formed in order to address the rail breaks that frequently happened during that time, which was affecting the growth of railroad industry. Initially, ASTM developed certain standards for manufacturing steel from which the rails were fabricated. Currently, ASTM is called ASTM International since 2001. It has offices in Canada, Belgium, Mexico, China, and Washington DC. It welcomes membership from anyone who is interested in its activities.