A few weeks ago, I blogged about the ASTM E1527 task group’s meeting in Atlanta, GA. At that time, the task group worked through about a dozen negative votes to the most recent ballot and many, many more editorial comments.
Since then, task group leadership has made amazing progress to bring the standard very close to completion! As I write this, members of the group are preparing for a vote to find the last few negatives, which could not be resolved with editorial changes to the standard, as “non-persuasive”. Task groups use the non-persuasive voting process to keep the consensus-based ASTM standard writing process moving when outliers disagree with the majority of the committee. In order to find a negative non-persuasive, two-thirds of the committee members must vote in favor of the non-persuasive motion.
Task group leadership does expect the non-persuasive votes to affirm the current redline of the standard, and if all goes according to plan, the new ASTM E1527-13 standard should stay on track for Spring 2013 publication!
See my last blog post for more on what happens after the revised standard is approved by the task group and stay tuned for more updates!