ASTM International, originally known as the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), was formed over a century ago. As the century progressed and new industrial, governmental and environmental developments created new standardization requirements, ASTM answered the call with consensus standards that have made products and services safer, better and more cost-effective.
Today, ASTM continues to play a leadership role in addressing the standardization needs of the global marketplace. ASTM International is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations in the world – a trusted source for technical standards for materials, products, systems, and services. ASTM has a dominant role among standards developers in the USA, and claims to be the world's largest developer of standards. In 2009, a joint effort by standards development organizations AAMI, ANSI, ASTM, and DIN created a single, centralized database for medical device standards.
The ASTM F-02 Committee’s responsibilities include the development of terminology, test methods, practices, and specifications for flexible barrier packaging, and the promotion of research in this field. Standards under the jurisdiction of other committees shall be used when applicable.
The area of interest of the committee is flexible barrier packaging including the component barrier materials, their properties, and package design, development and production. Flexible barrier packaging for the purpose of this Committee includes any package with at least one flexible component that can be bent or folded back upon itself. Typical flexible barrier materials are papers, nonwovens, plastic films, and metal foils, used alone, treated or in various combinations.