Founded in 1880 as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, today's ASME is a 120,000-member professional organization focused on technical, educational and research issues of the engineering and technology community. ASME conducts one of the world's largest technical publishing operations, holds numerous technical conferences worldwide, and offers hundreds of professional development courses each year. ASME sets internationally recognized industrial and manufacturing codes and standards that enhance public safety.
Standards Norway is responsible for all standardisations areas exept electrotechnical and tele communication. Standards Norway adopts and publishes some 1,500 new Norsk Standard (Norwegian Standards), NS annually. NS is adopted by SN based on nationally made standards and on European and International standards. Standards Norway is the Norwegian member of CEN and ISO.