Formation and Objectives
The Versailles Project on Advanced Materials and Standards (VAMAS) was conceived in 1982 following an economic summit meeting held in Versailles by the "G7" Heads of State and representatives from the European Community (EC). The countries who initially signed a "Memorandum of Understanding" to participate are: Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, United Kingdom and the United States of America. Further expansion included the European Commission and Korea, followed by Australia, Brazil, Chinese Taipei, India, Mexico and South Africa in 2008.
The main objective of VAMAS is to support trade in high technology products, through international collaborative projects aimed at providing the technical basis for drafting codes of practice and specifications for advanced materials. The scope of the collaboration embraces all agreed aspects of science and technology concerned with advanced materials, including materials technology, test methods, design methods and materials databases that are required as a precursor to the drafting of standards.
VAMAS activity emphasises collaboration on pre-standards measurement research, intercomparison of test results, and consolidation of existing views on priorities for standardisation. As a result of these activities VAMAS provides an internationally harmonised methodology that may be taken as recommendations to the standards development organisations, thereby fostering the development of agreed and workable standards for advanced materials.
Funding of VAMAS projects is carried out on the work sharing principle, each country paying its own expenses; no funds are transferred between countries. Administration, conference and meeting costs are paid for by the delegate or host country; often VAMAS meetings are held in conjunction with other major international meetings.
- A Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation has been signed with the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM). This leads the way to collaborate and identify key metrological traceability issues affecting the comparability and accuracy of the measurement of materials properties.
- VAMAS and the World Material Research Institute Forum (WMRIF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will encourage information exchange and possible joint work items between the two organizations.
- In 2008, seven more countries (Australia, Brazil, Chinese Taipei, India, Korea, Mexico and South Africa) have joined the VAMAS Steering Committee.
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