ASTM WK67186

    New Guide for Odor Evaluation of Disposable Absorbent Hygiene Articles

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    Developed by Subcommittee: E18.07 | Committee E18 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    1.1This guide provides guidance in establishing procedures to be used in the design and analysis of odor evaluation studies to quantitatively assess product odors and odor control of disposable absorbent hygiene products utilizing trained panels. 1.2 This guide addresses sample preparation and presentation methodologies to simulate the environment and exposure of disposable absorbent hygiene products. 1.3 This guide outlines assessor selection and training for odor assessment by a trained panel. 1.4 This guide addresses the use of real and model malodors in disposable absorbent hygiene products. 1.5 This guide does not recommend a universal, specific testing method for all products. Based on the product design, the user is responsible for designing the appropriate test and identifying the analysis tools corresponding to the research question and intended use of the product using this standard as a guide. 1.6 This guide does not address all safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. Each user is responsible for establishing safety and health practices, if required, and assessing regulatory considerations if applicable.


    odor, hygiene, diapers, pads, absorbent, malodor, adult incontinence


    Odor control is one of the top performance criteria in a variety of disposable absorbent hygiene articles, including diapers, adult incontinence products, feminine care products, and pet pads. Additionally, odors of the unused product themselves are often a concern of the consumer. Regardless of the specific product and its application, there are common sample preparation and sensory assessment techniques that may be employed to test product odors and malodor control performance. Currently, there is no standard for this testing. This standard can be used by product developers and material suppliers to test and understand material/product odors as well as the odor control effectiveness of these materials and final products.

    The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.

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    Technical Contact:
    Laura Kiely

    Draft Under Development