Work Item
ASTM WK66122

New Test Method for Measuring the Ability of a Synthetic Polymeric Material to Resist Bacterial Adherence

1. Scope

The purview of Committee E35 is the development of standard definitions, classifications, appropriate test methods, and recommended practices relating to efficacy, safety, quality, and impact in appropriate environments of pesticides, antiseptic and antimicrobial agents, biological agents, devices, and equipment.
These activities will be coordinated with the interests of related Committees in ASTM, and with other professional and governmental organizations.

Keywords

Germ-Repellent; plastic; polymer; percent bacterial reduction; quantitative antibacterial assay

Rationale

Synthetic polymeric materials, used in packaging for food containers, personal care products and other items, may have inherent antimicrobial properties. Others may contain antimicrobial additives. Many methods, such as ASTM E 2180 are used to determine quantitative bacterial reductions caused by these additives. ASTM E3151 specifically examines the ability of tubular, yarn and fiber specimens to resist bacterial colonization/adherence. However, these methods do not quantitatively measure the number of viable bacteria adhering to the flat surfaces of these synthetic polymeric materials, as measured in this method.

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

Details

Developed by Subcommittee: E35.15

Committee: E35

Staff Manager: Brian Milewski

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 12-05-2018

Technical Contact: Chris Wu

Item: 001

Ballot: G03.04 (20-01)

Status: Will Reballot Item

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Ballot: G03 (20-05)

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Item: 002

Ballot: G03 (21-02)

Status: Will Reballot Item

Item: 002

Ballot: E35.15 (21-03)

Status: Will Reballot Item

Item: 002

Ballot: E35.15 (22-02)

Status: In Balloting

Item: 001

Ballot: E35.15 (22-01)

Status: Will Reballot Item