A date has now been announced for the next ASTM International asbestos conference. The next conference, which will be held in early 2010, is to focus on laboratory issues, and will be held at the Grand Hyatt in San Antonio, Texas. The dates for the conference have been given as the 28th and 29th January 2010.

The group that is sponsoring the 2010 conference is the ASTM International Committee D22 on Air Quality, and this was set up more than fifty years ago to deal with regulation and guidelines in relation to air quality testing methods, monitoring, and research.

ASTM has been holding these asbestos conferences since the middle of the 1980s, and as a result of these events issues such as asbestos law advancement, air quality testing, and other important asbestos related issues have been addressed.

According to the Mesothelioma and Asbestos Awareness Center, there will be four different sessions in the up and coming conference, and these will be: “Analysis of Soil and Other Media, Quality Assurance, Training, and Interlaboratory Studies, Definitions of Asbestos, Cleavage Fragments and NOA Considerations, and Issues of Interaction among Laboratories and the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP), Auditors, and Government Agencies.”

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