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NEW CAST IRON SOIL PIPE CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS ADDED TO ASTM STANDARDS
Chattanooga, Tenn. November 20, 2008 In November, the ASTM A04 Main Committee passed
proposed revisions to ASTM A888 and ASTM A74 the ASTM standards for the manufacture of no-hub
and hub and spigot cast iron soil pipe and fittings, respectively. The changes involved the addition of
new language requiring third party certifiers to meet certain criteria for inspection and certification of
The new requirements add specific tasks a third party certifier must perform during their inspections if the
manufacturer or seller chooses to use a third party as part of their certification requirements. These
include inspection of at least 10 different sizes of pipe; measuring every dimension of at least 10 different
fittings; review of test reports that substantiate that physical, chemical, and radiation tests are being
performed; and a new requirement that sellers or manufacturers who rely on the third party certification
provide this information to the design professional and inspector when requested.
These important changes come on the heels of other significant changes by the committee to existing
standards to more explicitly ensure the quality of industry products, including:
ÿ Pipe and fittings shall not be patched, filled or welded by the manufacturer to repair cosmetic or
material defects that occur during the course of manufacturing.
ÿ Pipe and fittings shall not be coated with paint containing lead which exceeds levels above 0.06%
In this age of globalization, it is increasingly important that manufacturing standards meet industry best
practices and are uniformly enforced by the code community, said Bill LeVan, executive vice president
of the Cast Iron Soil Pipe Institute (CISPI) and vice chairman of the ASTM A04 Main Committee.
Changes such as these are necessary to assure cast iron customers that regardless of who made the
material, the pipe and fittings they purchase meet the threshold of quality they have every right to