One could not look to the future of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) codes, standards, and conformity assessment without remembering and building upon the organization's past. ASME is widely recognized for its codes and standards, and this success is directly attributable to the contributions and commitments of the thousands of technical and subject matter experts serving as volunteer committee members. In today's world, the role of standards is taking on new aspects including serving as the language of international trade and commercialization of emerging technologies, and ASME is ready to meet those challenges. For decades, the technical merits of a standard drove decisions by industries and governments on its use and acceptance. While ASME's consensus standards development process has always been open to individuals, enterprises, and governments regardless of geographic boundaries, ways were needed to facilitate more active international engagement during all phases of development.