1.1 To determine the bactericidal, bacteriostatic or bacterial growth inhibition properties of materials treated with an active biocidal agent. Samples of porous treated materials, such as textiles or paper, are inoculated with a defined suspension of microorganisms and then incubated. The changes over time in the size of bacterial populations on treated compared with untreated materials are used to measure antibacterial properties of the treated materials. 1.2 This method is used for measuring the quantitative antibacterial activity of porous materials that have been treated with a biocide so to inhibit the growth of bacteria on the treated materials. It is not intended for use in determining the ability of a treated article to sterilize or decontaminate secondary surfaces. This method may be used to measure the ability of the treated material to inhibit the growth of an odor-causing organism and can measure both bactericidal and bacteriostatic activity. 1.3 This method shall be performed by individuals experienced and adept in microbiological procedures and in facilities suitable for the handling of the microorganisms under test. 1.4 This standard may involve hazardous materials, operations, and equipment. This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
This test method will be used to determine the antimicrobial properties of articles, particularly textiles or non-wovens treated with specific antimicrobial agents. Other such similar standards do exist in the industry, but these methods either offer variables that affect intralaboratory reproducibility or limit the utility of using these methods to demonstrate a variety of end-use performance claims.
Keywordspercent bacterial reduction; quantitative antibacterial assay; bactericidal; bacteristatic; porous; textile
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