Withdrawn ASTM International Standards

Stack of folders to show the ASTM standards that have been withdrawn.

Technology treks forward on a perennial path of progression, simplifying labor and fostering growth. The continuous technological improvements felt in any industry must be reflected in the standard practices to serve the greater good of professionals who make up that industry. For this reason, standards undergo periodic review.

The periodic review process for voluntary consensus standards take place on a set schedule, and standard developing organizations (SDOs) may receive requests from trade associations, government agencies, professional societies, manufacturers, consumer groups, and even individuals for new standards or updates to be made to standards.

As voting takes place via technical committees, standards may be revised, reaffirmed, or withdrawn. Revised standards general keep their existing designation, with the simple alteration of the year of publication. Reaffirmed standards are identical to their predecessors. Withdrawn standards, which may result from the consolidation of multiple standards into one, or even the decision that the standard document serves little purpose in industry, are no longer active.

ASTM International standards, for example, serve numerous industries worldwide. Some ASTM standard documents that have been withdrawn over the past few years include:

ASTM C1028-07: Standard Test Method for Determining the Static Coefficient of Friction of Ceramic Tile and Other Like Surfaces by the Horizontal Dynamometer Pull-Meter Method

ASTM D4112-02: Standard Performance Specification for Woven Umbrella Fabrics

ASTM B313/B313M-09 Standard Specification for Aluminum and Aluminum-Alloy Round Welded Tubes

ASTM B391-09e1 Standard Specification for Niobium and Niobium Alloy Ingots

ASTM C115/C115M-10e1 Standard Test Method for Fineness of Portland Cement by the Turbidimeter

ASTM C952-12 Standard Test Method for Bond Strength of Mortar to Masonry Units

ASTM C1493-09 Standard Test Method for Non-Destructive Assay of Nuclear Material in Waste by Passive and Active Neutron Counting Using a Differential Die-Away System

ASTM C1592/C1592M-09 Standard Guide for Making Quality Nondestructive Assay Measurements

ASTM D891-09 Standard Test Methods for Specific Gravity, Apparent, of Liquid Industrial Chemicals

ASTM D1334-05(2009) Standard Test Method for Wool Content of Raw Wool-Commercial Scale

However, this is merely a minuscule sample of the total ASTM standards that have been withdrawn. With an omnifarious reach through over 12,000 active international standards, a lot of specifications and guidelines once published from ASTM have been withdrawn over time.

In fact, between January and May 2018, over 80 ASTM international standards were withdrawn. Overall, since the inception of ASTM International in 1898, over 5,500 of their international standards have been withdrawn.

You can view the full list of Withdrawn ASTM Standards here.

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  1. An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a co-worker who had been conducting a little research on this. And he actually bought me dinner because I found it for him… lol. So let me reword this…. Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending time to talk about this issue here on your web page.

    1. Thanks for pointing out that link no longer exists. For more information on withdrawn standards, you might want to reach out to ASTM: https://www.astm.org/contact/

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