Work Item
ASTM WK67186

New Guide for Odor Evaluation of Disposable Absorbent Hygiene Articles

1. Scope

2.1 The scope of the Committee shall include all activities pertinent to the development of standards and technical publications, to enhance the practice of sensory evaluation through the education of professionals in sensory and consumer research, to develop and promote conformity to accepted best practices, and the stimulation of research for the sensory evaluation of products, materials, information and services.

These objectives shall be furthered by:

2.1.1 Cooperation with other committees of ASTM and with other organizations.

2.1.2 Preparation of standard terminology.

2.1.3 Establishment of principles of psychophysical test methods.

2.1.4 Preparation of standard practices guides and other publications for design and conduct of tests, collection of data, analysis and interpretation of results, as well as to address relevant topics in the field of sensory evaluation.

2.1.5 Fostering the study of relationships between sensory evaluations and the physical, chemical and functional performance measurements of products.

2.1.6 Fostering the study of relationships between sensory evaluations and the characteristics of the respondents who perform the evaluations

2.1.7 Dissemination of information through a variety of communication channels including technical publications, and other venues such as seminars, symposia and workshops.


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.


Developed by Subcommittee: E18.07

Committee: E18

Staff Manager: W Scott Orthey

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 02-19-2019

Technical Contact: Laura Kiely

Item: 000