ASTM WK31901

    New Guide for Standard Test Methods and Practices for Evaluating Antibacterial Activity on Textiles

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    Developed by Subcommittee: E35.15 | Committee E35 | Contact Staff Manager


    1. Scope

    1.1 This guide provides users with an index of procedures in the form of test methods, practices, and related International documents that are currently used in the textile industry for determining antibacterial properties of antimicrobial-treated textile articles. This guide is not considered as all inclusive for antimicrobial testing procedures related to textiles. 1.2 This guide identifies existing ASTM and other industry standard test methods applicable for testing the antibacterial performance on textiles and discusses options within each method that have been used to address specific end-use performance expectations. 1.3 This guide is intended to assist testing facilities in determining which test methods are appropriate for which treated articles based on type of antimicrobial active involved, nature of test fabric, and expected end use. 1.4 The test methods indicated in this guide should be performed only by those trained in microbiological techniques, are familiar textile antimicrobial agents and with the end use exposures of the antimicrobial-treated textile material. 1.5 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.


    antimicrobial; antibacterial; neutralizer; inoculum bioload; leaching; migrating; immobilized; cross-linked and non-leaching
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    Technical Contact:
    Robert Monticello