ASTM standards are a set of technical standards for materials and products in the world issued by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). The standards set by the organization are consensual and accepted by the international community. There are currently 12,575 ASTM standards operating globally. ASTM publishes standards in 15 sectors including stainless steel. ASTM does not require or be required to comply with its standards, but between transactions of companies, organizations, governments, etc. or contractual commitments, they may require compliance with certain standards.