I have been unable to identify a standard test method or practice that is designed specifically to evaluate the antimicrobial/antibacterial properties of wound dressings. Instead, textile-based methods are currently being used and must be significantly modified to provide appropriate parameters needed to closely simulate the clinical environments these products are used in. These standard methods must also by adapted so that they can demonstrate that the tested samples can substantiate antimicrobial performance claims using criteria often utilized by regulatory agencies in the medical device industry. The above mentioned modifications are considerable, and a new method designed specifically for assessing the antimicrobial/antibacterial properties of wound dressings is needed.
The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.