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    Section Meetings
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    Interest Groups
    Three interest groups help you connect with like-minded professionals. Participate in one, two, or all three. There is no additional fee required.
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    Research, Technology, and Administrative Committees
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    AATCC Individual Membership Levels AATCC 个人会员级别
    资深会员 RMB 1000/年
    资深会员 DN* RMB 500/年
    学生会员 RMB 300/年
    学生会员 DN* RMB 150/年

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    Multiple Year:
    Prepay for two or three years and save! Available for Individual membership.
    – 2 years: US $224 (14% discount)
    – 3 years: US $318 (15% discount)
    Textile Institute Members: Current members of the Textile Institute get 30% off Individual or Student AATCC membership. Current AATCC members can also join the Textile Institute at a 30% discount. Not available with a multiple year membership.
    Not employed: 50% discount on the current base dues to keep your membership current while between jobs. This option is available for one year.
    – US $63/year
    Developing Nations(DN):
    Those living in selected developing nations may choose a reduced rate membership due to their classification as low-income and lower-middle-income economies by the World Bank Organization. Applies to Individual and Student classifications. Developing Nations members do not receive a print copy of AATCC Review.
    – Individual DN: US $63/year
    – Student DN: US $10/year
    Life: One payment of 15 times the regular annual dues rate makes you an AATCC member for life. Same benefits as a Individual (Professional Membership).
    – Life: US $1875
    Local Section Officers: A 50% membership discount will be offered to Section Officers— two discounts per section; one for the Chair, one for another Section Officer as designated by the Chair. AATCC will not offer refunds on memberships already in effect — at renewal time, a current membership can be extended another year at the 50% rate. The Section Officers must contact Membership Services annually to designate the individuals eligible for the discount
    Student Chapter Officers: Student Chapter Officers can receive one-year free extension of membership (AATCC will not refund memberships) for every 15 (paying) AATCC Student Members (as of the May 1st membership count). The chapter officers should decide which of them receives the free membership (with approval from the Faculty Advisor). The students are responsible for contacting and alerting Membership Services to claim this benefit.

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    Emeritus: Retired individuals with 30 consecutive years of membership are invited to become Emeritus members. Dues are waived.
    Retired: Individuals who have retired from full-time employment and are either at least 60 years old or an AATCC member for 10 years may qualify for Retired Membership at half the regular annual Individual Dues rate.

  • Corporate Membership

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    Program Registration
    Register employee(s) for an AATCC solely-sponsored conference or webinar at no additional cost. This offer is not available for limited attendance programs. Number of complimentary registrations varies with corporate membership level. The complimentary registrations indicated on the chart are the number received in a fiscal year.
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    Designate several divisions/locations for Corporate Member benefits (must designate to Membership Services at time of renewal). Additional PDF (USB) AATCC Technical Manuals will be sent to each division/location.
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    Complimentary Individual Membership
    All corporate members organizations should name a primary contact person. This is NOT the same as individual membership. The primary contact receives electronic and physical mailings on behalf of the organization. He or she may log in to access members-only content on the web, but is NOT a voting member of AATCC or any AATCC committee. You may change the designated contact person at any time. Contact Manisha Patel for assistance.

    A corporate designee may also choose to be an individual member of AATCC. The two memberships are separate. Corporate AATCC membership at the Silver level and above include two or more free individual memberships. All corporate memberships include one additional free “young professional” membership. Contact Manisha Patel for details.
    Silver: 2 free individual memberships + 1 free Young Professional membership
    Gold: 4 free individual memberships + 1 free Young Professional membership
    Platinum: 6 free individual memberships + 1 free Young Professional membership
    Diamond: 10 free individual memberships + 1 free Young Professional membership
    These memberships are valid for the same period as the corporate membership. Example: If the corporate membership begins in April, it will expire the following March. Any free memberships will also end in March, regardless of when they begin.

    To designate or update individual memberships under your corporate account, please contact Manisha Patel for assistance.

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    AATCC is proud to list all corporate members on its website. You may also include a link directly to your organization’s website. Corporate Members may also add a logo. Send your URL or logo to Manisha Patel.

    Website Benefits
    AATCC Textile JobSite: Free listings for all corporate members. Get applications for your position from candidates who believe in quality!
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    Please note:
    – Corporate benefits are in addition to individual member benefits.
    – Multi-year corporate memberships are NOT available for online processing.
    Contact Membership Services to renew/join for multi-year memberships.
    – Multi-year corporate memberships can NOT change levels during membership period. Must wait until end of membership term.

    AATCC Corporate Membership Levels 可享权利
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    金级会员 RMB 14000/年
    白金级会员 RMB 28000/年
    钻石级会员 RMB 52000/年

  • Student Membership

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    AATCC Student Members benefit from generous discounts on program attendance, access to research, and opportunities for scholarships and prizes. Membership has life-long advantages. The contacts and knowledge you gain as a student member will serve you well throughout your career.

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    Fees: US $35/year A reduced-rate membership for students currently enrolled in a college/university studying textiles, fibers, materials, design, merchandising, or a related subject.

  • Committees

    Standards development benefits from participation by a broad range of stakeholders. Your perspective is important. Any individual member of AATCC may be a voting member of a research committee (student members may be non-voting members)

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    Test Method CommitteesTechnology CommitteesIndependent CommitteesECR/TCR CommitteesAdministrative Committees

    Test Method Committees

    As the name implies, these committees develop and maintain test methods. They may also be responsible for evaluation procedures, monographs, or other technical documents. Test method committees may organize conferences, webinars, publications, or other educational activities.

    Research Committees (Active)

    NumberCommittee Name
    RA23Colorfastness to Water Test Methods
    RA24Fiber Analysis Test Methods
    RA31Antimicrobial Activity Test Methods
    RA32Static Electricity Test Methods
    RA33Colorfastness to Atmospheric Contaminant Test Methods
    RA34Preparation Test Methods
    RA36Color Measurement Test Methods
    RA38Colorfastness to Crocking Test Methods
    RA42Dimensional Change Test Methods
    RA43Professional Textile Care Test Methods
    RA45Finish Analysis Test Methods
    RA49Insect Resistance Test Methods
    RA50Lightfastness and Weathering Test Methods
    RA56Stain Resistance Test Methods
    RA57Floor Covering Test Methods
    RA60Colorfastness to Washing Test Methods
    RA61Appearance Retention Test Methods
    RA63Water Resistance, Absorbency & Wetting Agent Evaluation Test Methods
    RA87Applied Dyeing & Characterization of Dyes Test Methods
    RA89Hand Evaluation Test Methods
    RA92Interaction of Dyes and Finishes Test Methods
    RA100Global Sustainability Test Methods
    RA106UV Protective Textiles Test Methods
    RA111Electronically Integrated Textiles Test Methods
    RA112Thermal Regulation Test Methods
    RA113Emerging Issues Test Methods

    Research Committees (Reference)
    The standards originally maintained by these committees are reviewed by RA99 while the committees remain on reference status. If a need arises, reference committees may be reinstated to active status.

    RR1 Colorfastness to Acids and Alkalis Test Methods (TM6)
    RR9 Ageing of Sulfur-Dyed Textiles Test Methods (TM26)
    RR29 Abrasion Resistance Test Methods (TM93, TM119, TM120)
    RR35 Damage by retained Chlorine Test Methods (TM92, TM114)
    RR41 Enzyme Activity Test Methods (TM103, TM191)
    RR53 Colorfastness to Pleating Test Methods (TM131)
    RR54 Colorfastness to Heat Test Methods (TM117, TM133)
    RR79 Coated, Bonded and Laminated Fabrics Test Methods
    RR81 Flock Testing (TM142)
    RR90 Chelating Agent Evaluation Test Methods (TM148, TM161, TM168, TM185)

    Technology Committees

    Technology committees aim to stay current on research, innovation, and trends in a particular area. These committees may also organize conferences, webinars, publications, or other educational activities. Technology committees do NOT develop test methods or evaluation procedures, but may be responsible for monographs published in the AATCC Technical Manual.

    NumberCommittee Name
    RA80Printing Technology
    RA88Home Laundering Technology
    RA103Spectroscopic Technologies
    RA104Garment Wet Processing Technology
    RA109Flammability Technology

    Independent Committees

    Committees that do not fit in the Test Method or Technology categories are considered independent. RA99 is the only research committee with appointed members. All other committees are open to any interested member of AATCC.

    NumberCommittee Name
    RA59Fibrous Test Materials
    RA75Evaluation of Materials & Products for End Use Performance
    RA99Technical Manual Editorial Review
    RA102Statistics Advisory

    ECR/TCR Committees

    C2, Executive Committee on Research (ECR)
    Responsible for the final approval of all published methods, as well as policy issues related to the technical activities of the Association. Members are appointed for three-year terms. Chair also serves on the AATCC board of directors.

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    ECR Policies

    Referencing Home Laundering Parameters in AATCC Test Methods, revised

    Date Enacted: February 5, 2016

    (Supersedes “Referencing Home Laundering Parameters in AATCC Test Methods,” enacted May 15, 2015)

    Policy: The previous policy is reversed. Laundering temperatures will remain in AATCC test methods. The following note will be added to relevant test methods and Monograph 6.

    Laundering temperatures and other parameters listed in Monograph (M) 6 may not be the same as those listed in various test methods. Parameters in M6 are updated periodically to reflect consumer experience, taking into account current technology and regulations regarding home water heater temperatures, particularly in the United States.

    Typically, test method committees pursue a deliberate effort to maintain the same test method conditions over a long period of time in order to produce comparable results over time. Additionally, significant changes may invalidate precision data developed using the original conditions.

    Temperatures listed in AATCC test methods were established at the time the methods were developed or revised, and closely mirror the temperature ranges specified in 16 CFR Part 423 for care labels. It should also be noted that AATCC test methods were developed using traditional top loading washing machines. Specified water level, detergent, and other details are not applicable to high efficiency top loading or front loading machines. New, commercially available home laundering machines may have to be modified by the user to meet the specifications in various test methods. All test reports should indicate the exact testing conditions, and any modification of the standard method, including use of M6 parameters. Results of tests performed with different conditions may not be comparable.

    Referencing Home Laundering Parameters in AATCC Test Methods

    Date Enacted: May 15, 2015

    (Superseded by “Referencing Home Laundering Parameters in AATCC Test Methods, revised,” enacted February 5, 2016)

    Policy: To ensure that home laundering conditions are the same for all relevant AATCC test methods, these methods should reference Monograph (M) 6, Standardization of Home Laundry Test Conditions.

    Existing relevant test methods should be revised as soon as possible to remove tables and text referring to specific wash temperatures and other parameters included in M6.

    All new or existing test methods referring to home laundering shall include the statement, “Information on the machine and laundering conditions is found in the AATCC Monograph 6, Standardization of Home Laundry Test Conditions (see www.aatcc.org for the latest version of the monograph.)”

    Revisions to existing home laundering test methods developed by RA42, Dimensional Changes Test Methods, and RA61, Appearance Retention Test Methods, should be balloted for inclusion in the 2016 AATCC Technical Manual.

    Revisions to existing home laundering test methods developed by other research committees should be prepared and balloted for inclusion in the 2017 AATCC Technical Manual.

    Reference to Patented Items in AATCC Test Methods and Evaluation Procedures in the AATCC Technical Manual

    (This policy requires a form to be completed at time of development. Form is available from the Technical Director at the AATCC Technical Center.)

    Date Enacted: November 13, 2012

    Policy: The Patent Policy requires the early disclosure and identification of Patents that may relate to test methods under development or revision. By doing so, potential patent rights issues can be avoided. AATCC shall not be involved in evaluating patent relevance with regards to test method development, interfere with licensing negotiations, or engage in settling disputes on Patents. This shall be left to the parties concerned.

    Listing of Equipment and Materials for AATCC Test Methods and Evaluation Procedures in the AATCC Technical Manual

    (Supersedes “Listing of Equipment and Materials for AATCC Test Methods and Evaluation Procedures Effective with the 2009 AATCC Technical Manual,” enacted May 2, 2007.)

    Date Enacted: January 22, 2010

    Policy: Effective with the printing of the 2009 AATCC Technical Manual, it will be the policy of AATCC to include in AATCC test methods and evaluation procedures commercial names and specific products of only those items supplied directly by AATCC or that are deemed to be generic in nature, such as chemical reagents, laboratory glassware, weighing balances, and other materials not considered to be a competitive product. For those items for which there is only one known source, that source may continue to be listed. Once a second source makes itself known to the Association, then the original listing will be pulled at the next printing of the method.

    As mentioned above, the editorial changes to delete equipment and materials from individual test methods, evaluation procedures and monographs will commence with the 2009 AATCC Technical Manual. In some cases, additional information and specifications may be needed once the listings are removed to aid the reader in understanding the procedure. These changes will be considered editorial and prepared by the AATCC staff in the development of the 2009 AATCC Technical Manual. However, it is possible that additional changes will be necessary. It is anticipated that all methods and evaluation procedures will undergo the changes to meet the requirements of this new policy, at least by the time of the next required five-year periodic review.

    In rare cases, the Association has prescribed certain models of equipment such as home washing and drying machines which are listed on our web site. The listings of these devices are made for the convenience of users of these methods. Consumer appliance manufacturers of these machines are primarily concerned with differentiating their products against competitors’ commercial products on the market, and are not overly concerned with providing a standard model that will remain the same over a number of years for testing purposes. The Association makes attempts to inform the users of these methods with the model numbers of these machines that most closely maintain the performance characteristic originally desired in the methods and listed in the Standardization of Home Laundry Test Conditions monograph in the AATCC Technical Manual. The listing of these specific models on its web site is not an endorsement by the Association of one commercial brand over another.

    The Association encourages AATCC Corporate Members to list testing equipment and materials in the on-line AATCC Buyers Guide at www.aatcc.org. Only AATCC Corporate Members are allowed to list in the Buyers Guide, but there are many benefit packages for AATCC Corporate Membership available, with lower levels available so as not to preclude any company from participating. There are no additional fees for listing as many products as desired. In pertinent test methods and evaluation procedures, the reader will be referred to the equipment listings in the on-line AATCC Buyer’s Guide on the AATCC web site. These listings are not AATCC endorsements.

    The Association is adopting this new policy as a means to promote fairness among all interested suppliers of equipment and materials that might be used in AATCC test methods and evaluation procedures, and to bring the Association’s policies regarding these matters in line with other standards development organizations. As these test methods and evaluation procedures are voluntary standards that may be utilized between interested parties, the Association encourages all parties to agree to specific equipment and materials used to perform these test methods and evaluation procedures. Further, the Association recommends that the specific equipment, including model number, be used when reporting test results.

    The Association will make no attempt to police the worldwide manufacturers and suppliers of testing equipment and materials used in AATCC test methods and evaluation procedures. The Association encourages all users of its test methods and evaluation procedures to become knowledgeable of suppliers of these products and to understand that the Association endorses no products other than its own.

    New Voting Policy for Executive Committee on Research Members

    Date Enacted: November 11, 2008

    Policy: There has been a revision to the Constitution and By-laws that states that no more than one person from a company shall be a voting member of ECR during any one term of office. AATCC staff members will consult with both members of the same company and record which member will cast the vote during that term.

    Listing of Equipment and Materials for AATCC Test Methods and Evaluation Procedures Effective with the 2009 AATCC Technical Manual

    Date Enacted: May 2, 2007

    (Supersedes “Listing Equipment in AATCC Test Methods,” enacted November 14, 1989 & modified November 16, 1993.)

    (Superseded by “Listing of Equipment and Materials for AATCC Test Methods and Evaluation Procedures in the AATCC Technical Manual,” enacted January 22, 2010.)

    Policy: Effective with the printing of the 2009 AATCC Technical Manual, it will be the policy of AATCC to include in AATCC test methods and evaluation procedures commercial names and specific products of only those items supplied directly by AATCC or that are deemed to be generic in nature, such as chemical reagents, laboratory glassware, weighing balances, and other materials not considered to be a competitive product. For those items for which there is only one known source, that source may continue to be listed. Once a second source makes itself known to the Association, then the original listing will be pulled at the next printing of the method.

    As mentioned above, the editorial changes to delete equipment and materials from individual test methods, evaluation procedures and monographs will commence with the 2009 AATCC Technical Manual. In some cases, additional information and specifications may be needed once the listings are removed to aid the reader in understanding the procedure. These changes will be considered editorial and prepared by the AATCC staff in the development of the 2009 AATCC Technical Manual. However, it is possible that additional changes will be necessary. It is anticipated that all methods and evaluation procedures will undergo the changes to meet the requirements of this new policy, at least by the time of the next required five-year periodic review.

    In rare cases, the Association has prescribed certain models of equipment such as home washing and drying machines which are listed on our web site. The listings of these devices are made for the convenience of users of these methods. Manufacturers of these machines are primarily concerned with differentiating their products against competitors’ commercial products on the market, and are not overly concerned with providing a standard model that will remain the same over a number of years for testing purposes. The Association makes attempts to inform the users of these methods with the model numbers of these machines that most closely maintain the performance characteristic originally desired in the methods and listed in the Standardization of Home Laundry Test Conditions monograph in the AATCC Technical Manual. The listing of these specific models on its web site is not an endorsement by the Association of one commercial brand over another.

    The Association encourages AATCC Corporate Members to list testing equipment and materials in the on-line AATCC Buyers Guide at www.aatcc.org. Only AATCC Corporate Members are allowed to list in the Buyers Guide, but there are many benefit packages for AATCC Corporate Membership available, with lower levels available so as not to preclude any company from participating. There are no additional fees for listing as many products as desired. In pertinent test methods and evaluation procedures, the reader will be referred to the equipment listings in the on-line AATCC Buyer’s Guide on the AATCC web site. These listings are not AATCC endorsements.

    The Association is adopting this new policy as a means to promote fairness among all interested suppliers of equipment and materials that might be used in AATCC test methods and evaluation procedures, and to bring the Association’s policies regarding these matters in line with other standards development organizations. As these test methods and evaluation procedures are voluntary standards that may be utilized between interested parties, the Association encourages all parties to agree to specific equipment and materials used to perform these test methods and evaluation procedures. Further, the Association recommends that the specific equipment, including model number, be used when reporting test results.

    The Association will make no attempt to police the worldwide manufacturers and suppliers of testing equipment and materials used in AATCC test methods and evaluation procedures. The Association encourages all users of its test methods and evaluation procedures to become knowledgeable of suppliers of these products and to understand that the Association endorses no products other than its own.

    Guidelines for the Composition of Symposia Steering Committees, and Speakers and Moderators for Workshops and Symposia.

    Date Enacted: May 1, 2000

    Policy: The composition of any given steering committee should be limited to one representative from any given company or organization. Only three representatives from any given company or organization should be asked to participate in the capacity of speaker or moderator of any given symposium or workshop (i.e., two speakers and one moderator, two moderators and one speaker, etc.).

    In the event of any last minute speaker cancellations, limited industry experts on a given topic, availability of speakers or proximity logistics, these guidelines will not have to be followed.

    This action was subsequently approved by the Council at its meeting of May 3, 2000.

    Negatives on Ballots for Test Method Reaffirmation Cast Because of Lack of Precision and Bias Statements

    Date Enacted: May 25, 1999

    Policy: A motion was made and approved that test methods requiring reaffirmation that do not contain a precision statement meeting the requirements of Section 2.20 of the AATCC Style Guide for Writing Test Methods be retained in the AATCC Technical Manual even though they have negative votes on precision and bias on reaffirmation ballots. This should be a policy of ECR that would supersede the requirements of the Rules of Procedure and the AATCC Style Guide as long as any ballot for test method reaffirmation receives a majority of the votes cast favoring the reaffirmation. This motion was subsequently presented to the Council at its meeting on May 27, 1999 and was approved.

    American National Standards Institute Submittals

    Date Enacted: November 14, 1995

    Policy: For several meetings dating back to February 1994 discussion has been held about the relative value of submitting AATCC test methods to ANSI. This has resulted in over 50 methods that are past due for ANSI reaffirmation. Additionally, a recent letter from ANSI has indicated an audit program will be initiated that could cost the Association more than $15,000. After considerable discussion a motion passed unanimously that AATCC discontinue submitting AATCC methods to ANSI.

    Precision and Bias Statements

    Date Enacted: November 19, 1991

    Policy: A review of the type statements present in test methods and the number of tests for each type statement were reviewed. Concern was expressed that if test methods are eliminated because they do not contain proper precision and bias statements, a large number of test methods will be dropped from the Technical Manual. The adoption of RA102, Statistics Advisory, letter ballot proposals 91-5 and 91-6 [see below] could lead to this situation. It was finally decided that RA102 should review this situation further and perhaps change the scope of their committee if necessary. Also, non-linear data should be collected and procedures developed for providing committees with guidelines for working with this data. A motion was made and accepted that Item 2.21.7 in the AATCC Style Guide for Writing Test Methods should be changed to replace the statement “The precision and bias of this test method are being established” to “The precision and bias of this test method have not been established.” This change should be made in the 1993 AATCC Technical Manual for all applicable methods except those in which it is known that precision and bias statements are definitely being worked on. In the meantime, should methods that are up for reaffirmation receive negative votes because of the lack of precision and bias statements, these will not be considered.

    [91-5 Where appropriate, test methods first published after 1985 that are proposed for reaffirmation must include, as a minimum, a statement of within lab standard deviation. If a precision and bias statement has not been developed within the five year period since the test method was first published, the test method will be withdrawn until such data are available. One year will be given to prepare the precision and bias statements.] [91-6 Where appropriate, test methods published before 1985 that are proposed for reaffirmation should include, as a minimum, a statement of standard deviation and coefficient of variation resulting from performance of the test as specified in the method.].

    Disqualification of ECR and Executive Committee Members on Matters Involving Personal Interest

    Date Enacted: February 13, 1990

    Policy: The Rules of Procedure for AATCC Test Method and Technology Committees, Article G-Letter Ballots, was changed to reflect this policy as follows:

    G3 C Disqualifications and Challenges.

    G3.1 Members of ECR and the Executive Committee of the Council shall disqualify themselves when appeals are made on test methods if they or a close member of their immediate family have financial interest in or other close relationship with any of the parties (or with the subject matter) that would make it inappropriate for them to participate in the consideration and decision of any appeal. All parties to an appeal shall have the right to challenge the qualification of the appeals board members, with justification based on the above stated reasons, at least one week prior to consideration of an appeal by ECR or the Executive Committee of the Council. Members of ECR or the Executive Committee of the Council who are disqualified from a specific appeal shall absent themselves from the argument, deliberations and decisions.

    Listing Equipment in AATCC Test Methods

    Date Enacted: November 14, 1989; Modified to Add “or materials” November 16, 1993

    (Superseded by “Listing of Equipment and Materials for AATCC Test Methods and Evaluation Procedures Effective with the 2009 AATCC Technical Manual,” enacted May 2, 2007)

    Policy: (1) It is the responsibility of the interested firm to contact AATCC concerning use of suitable equipment or material in AATCC test methods. AATCC makes no claims as to having listed all manufacturers whose equipment or material could conceivably be used to conduct any given method.

    (2) The research committee having jurisdiction over the test method of interest will consider proposed equipment or material brought to its attention.

    (3) Equipment or materials manufacturers have the responsibility for evaluating their instrument or materials and presenting the committee with verifiable evidence that it meets the requirements specified in the test method. This evidence shall include the following: (A) Published operating instructions including safety precautions. (B) List of key variables affecting test results. (C) Variance of test results of multiple specimens from one laboratory sample tested simultaneously or sequentially depending on the nature of the instrument or material. (D) Variance of test results from multiple operators for one laboratory sample and one instrument. (E) Comparison with existing equipment or materials already used in the method.

    (4) If after a manufacturer has met the above criteria the committee rejects the listing of a manufacturer’s equipment or material, the manufacturer may appeal that decision to the Executive Committee on Research.

    Technical Manuals for Research Committee Chairs

    Date Enacted: February 9, 1988

    Policy: Technical Manuals will be made available on an annual basis to all active research committee chairmen upon written request made to the Technical Director. Appropriate charges will be applied against the TCR budget.

    Committee Voting Status

    Date Enacted: November 3, 1987

    Policy: The number of committees on which a person may maintain voting status was changed from no more than three active test method and three technology committees by allowing that individual to petition the Executive Committee on Research to become voting on more than this number. Rules of Procedure for AATCC Test Method and Technology Committees, Article C4.3, was changed to reflect this policy.

    Test Method Reaffirmation for Reference Committees

    Date Enacted: November 3, 1987

    Policy: When test methods exist in which there is no active research or reference committee chairman to determine their status, the Technical Manual Editorial Review committee may assume the duties of the test method committee in such activities as reaffirmation or withdrawal of the method. Rules of Procedures for Test Method and Technology Committees, Article C9.1, was changed to reflect this policy.

    Relationship between Technical Manual Editorial Committee, Terminology Committee and Research Committees

    Date Enacted: November 4, 1986

    Policy: When conflict in editorial content and terms used in test method development, the ultimate responsibility for the test method lies with the research committee. The Technical Manual Editorial Review Committee and the Terminology Committee are to perform in an advisory capacity only.

    Public Statements on Technical Matters

    Date Enacted: February 19, 1982

    Policy: Committee Chairmen and AATCC members are requested to send any correspondence which might become public information in the media to the AATCC Technical Center first for handling. The AATCC Technical Center will issue an official statement for you. AATCC will not be responsible for correspondence or replies to the media made directly by AATCC committee chairmen or committee members without prior approval by the AATCC Technical Center.

    Test Method Limitations

    Date Enacted: February 12, 1975

    Policy: In all AATCC test methods, any limitations of the test method must be included in the Purpose and Scope. Appropriate references to limitations must also be contained in the body of the test method.

    Committee Membership

    Date Enacted: February 15, 1973

    Policy: (1) Technology committees are defined to be those which do not produce test methods, and (2) membership limitations as set forth in Article IV, Section 4, Paragraph 2 of the Bylaws do not apply to the aforementioned technology committees.

    A Senior member of AATCC may be a voting member of a maximum of three test method committees and three technology committees and there will be no limit on non- voting committee membership.

    Procedure for the Resolution of Negative Votes on AATCC Research Committee Ballots

    Date Enacted: February 14, 1973

    Policy: (1) A majority of members present at a meeting of a Research Committee may vote to send a new test method or revision of an existing test method to a letter ballot for the entire committee. Before requesting a letter ballot, however, those committee members present at the meeting should assure themselves that the new method or revision of an existing method is in prescribed form and that sufficient data is in hand to support the method or revision. To be counted, all letter ballots must be received by the committee concerned within 30 days of the mailing date.

    (2) Within 60 days after the closing date for committee letter ballots, the chairman of the

    Research Committee shall attempt to resolve any negative votes, either personally or by a subcommittee which he may appoint. If at the end of the 60 day period there are still unresolved negative votes, the chairman of the committee shall foreword to the chairman of the Technical Committee on Research the matter on which the ballot was taken, copies of unresolved negative votes with accompanying supporting comments, a summary of his attempts to resolve the negative votes, and background data and actions which led to the ballot.

    (3) The Chairman of TCR shall present the material provided by the committee chairman as in 2 above to the Executive Committee on Research for decision at its next regular meeting. Copies of the material shall be distributed to members of ECR as early prior to the meeting as possible to facilitate thorough study and consideration.

    (4) After studying the ballot and the background information provided, ECR shall take one of the following actions:

    (a) Return the matter to the Research Committee for further work and another ballot if ECR reasons that material and data submitted are insufficient to justify the action taken by the Research Committee majority.

    (b) Approve a TCR letter ballot on the basis of the Research Committee majority if ECR reasons that the unresolved negative votes and comments are not persuasive and do not justify further investigation.

    Committee Document Storage at the AATCC Technical Center

    Date Enacted: April 27, 1972

    Policy: The need for record continuity with respect to AATCC test method development programs has become significantly important to the technical program of the Association. Accordingly, it is the policy of the Association that at least one copy of all research and technology committee documents be sent to the AATCC Technical Center for inclusion in the files of the respective committees.

    AATCC Position Regarding Laws and Regulations in the Field of Environmental Control

    Date Enacted: April 30, 1971

    Policy: AATCC should make its test methods available to any agency wishing to use them and to provide a forum for discussion of technological advances in specific areas. No stand should be taken by AATCC regarding laws or regulations in any field.

    Apparatus and Materials Specifications

    Date Enacted: July 1965

    Policy: To encourage the development of specialized testing apparatus and materials for performing the test methods of the Association, organizations, other than AATCC, supplying such apparatus and materials cited in AATCC test methods shall have the responsibility for their products meeting the specifications established by AATCC and for making available to the Association, on request, copies of supporting quality control data. The Association does not test, certify or guarantee that any testing apparatus or materials conform to specifications or standards.

    Appropriate Apparatus for Test Methods

    Date Enacted: March 15, 1967

    Policy: It is the policy of AATCC to request its research committees to utilize existing apparatus where applicable in the establishment of new or revised test methods. In such cases where no appropriate apparatus is available, the research committees are encouraged to engage in the development of such apparatus so as to fulfill the requirements of the test method. Each committee shall have the responsibility of directing all requests for instruments or testing apparatus to be developed or purchased to the Chairman of the Technical Committee on Research who shall coordinate, through the AATCC Technical Center staff, all contractual relationships with outside organizations.

    C3, Technical Committee on Research (TCR)
    TCR including the chairs of each research committee. This group reviews each standard that has been approved by an individual committee before it can proceed to publication. For more on this process, please see Method Development. Significant contributions are recognized with the TCR Award.
    TCR Roster

    Administrative Committees

    Administrative committees oversee AATCC activities, including awards, publications, and education. They have a “C” designation. Membership on some of these committees is by election or appointment, but most meetings are still open to the public.


    NumberCommittee Name
    C1AATCC Board of Directors
    C1-S14Study Committee on Employee Benefits
    C1-S16Awards Oversight Committee
    C1-S8Building and Grounds Committee
    C11Committee on Conferences
    C17Education Advisory Board
    C2Executive Committee on Research
    C2-S1International Test Methods
    C2-S3Colour Index Dyes Board
    C2-S4Joint AATCC/ASTM D13
    C3Technical Committee on Research
    C5Appropriations Committee
    C6Membership Committee
    C7Publications Committee
    C7-S9AATCC Journal of Research
    C9Constitution & Bylaws Committee
    CS61Harold C. Chapin Award Committee
    CS65Olney Medal Award Committee
    CS70Henry E. Millson Award for Invention Committee
    CS75Young Professionals Committee

    Committee Member BenefitsCommittee Member CriteriaAATCC Committee ProjectsEmerging Technology

    Committee Member Benefits

    Influence
    Committee members vote on new test method proposals, as well as revisions and reaffirmations of existing methods. Every vote counts. The committee must address each negative vote before the method can proceed. Comments may not stop an item, but are given serious consideration and often result in a new round of revisions.
    As a member of an AATCC committee, you also enhance your reputation as an expert and influencer in your field.

    Awareness
    Only committee members receive meeting notices, agendas, and minutes. Joining a committee is the best way to stay informed! Be among the first to know when new methods are proposed or approved. Stay current on industry advances as well as challenges.

    Leadership
    There are numerous leadership opportunities. From joining a task group to chairing a committee, there are many ways to hone your skills and enhance your reputation as an industry expert.

    Connections
    Create a network of like-minded professionals. Being part of a committee allows colleagues, competitors, and supply chain partners to work together toward common goals. Fellow members become valuable resources—and often, lifelong friends.
    If you are a member of AATCC, log in to access full contact information for each committee member. Non-members may view committee member names and companies.

    CHECK OUT THE AATCC FORUM!

    Committee Member Criteria

    Guidelines for research committee membership are listed in AATCC M13, Rules of Procedure for AATCC Test Method and Technology Committees. Only one member per organization may be a voting member on each committee (others may join the same committee as non-voting members). Each senior member may vote on up to three Test Method committees plus, up to three Technology committees. Voting membership on Independent committees is unlimited. Membership on RA99 is by appointment. Non-voting membership on all other research committees is unlimited.
    Committee members must return all ballots to maintain voting status. A response of “abstain” for all items on a ballot is acceptable. This policy ensures that committee rosters include only current contact information for individuals interested in the relevant topic.

    AATCC Committee Projects

    AATCC: An International Standards Organization

    AATCC has long considered its standards to be “international” because they are developed, specified, and performed around the world. In 2000, the Technical Barriers to Trade Committee (TBT) of the World Trade Organization (WTO) identified six principles for development of international standards.
    1.Transparency
    2.Openness
    3.Impartiality and Consensus
    4.Effectiveness and Relevance
    5.Coherence
    6.Development Dimension

    AATCC Committee Projects May 2020

    AATCC Committee Projects November 2020

    Emerging Technology

    New Committee
    AATCC M14 and related standards are developed and maintained by AATCC committee RA113 Emerging Technologies Test Methods. As with all AATCC committees, participation is open to all interested parties. To be a voting member of any research committee, an individual must be a senior member of AATCC.
    The committee is currently focusing on face coverings but will evolve as new industry demands arise. Committee Chair Min Zhu, SGS North America, explains, “Unlike other AATCC committees who focus on specific test methods, RA113 is to develop test methods, guidelines, and other educational tools for any emerging issues that are related to textiles. This committee will be operated dynamically – The specific scope of work will change as new issues emerge due to the increasing uncertainty of the market. The committee is aiming at developing new test methods or providing industry guidance in a timely manner to help textile industry stakeholders respond to ever-changing challenges with more resources.”
    RA113’s first project will be to develop a guideline for children’s face coverings that provides considerations in regulatory compliance, material selection, performance standards and evaluation methods, design and care instructions.

    E-Textiles
    AATCC TM210, Test Method for Electrical Resistance Before and After Various Exposure Conditions published.
    Includes testing for durability to laundering!
    AATCC EP13, Evaluation Procedure for Electrical Resistance of Electronically-Integrated Textiles published.
    First global standard for e-textiles.

    Upcoming Events
    Join AATCC at upcoming events related to e-textiles and e-textile standards development.
    AATCC RA111 Meeting
    May 11, 2021, 14:30-15:55 EST (UTC-05)
    remote participation (web/phone) only
    www.aatcc.org/events/committees

    Get Involved
    RA111, Electronically Integrated Textiles
    Scope: To develop methods and terminology for testing electronically integrated textiles.

    VIEW COMMITTEE ROSTER        JOIN COMMITTEE

    To join the committee contact Valerie Fogg. Note that only members of the committee receive agendas, minutes, and ballots.
    To join this (or any other) AATCC research committee, you must be an individual member of AATCC. Click below for more information about membership options.
    – Attend an upcoming meeting
    – Participate in task groups or round-robin studies
    – Present or listen at an upcoming event

    MORE INFORMATION        VIEW MEETINGS 

    Resource and Links
    Press Release: AATCC Publishes International Standard for Resistance of E-Textiles (February 2019)
    AATCC RA111 Electronically Integrated Textiles Test Methods RA111 Stretch Task Group
    ASTM D13.50 on Smart Textiles
    IEC TC124 Wearable electronic devices and technologies
    IPC D-70 E-textiles D-71 E-Textiles Joining and Interconnection Techniques, D-72 E-Textiles Materials, D-74 E-Textile Test Methods Development and Validation
    ISO TC38/WG32 Smart textiles

    Contact Erika Simmons, AATCC Technical Director for more information.
    CONTACT US

  • Interest Groups

    Three interest groups help you connect with like-minded professionals. Participate in one, two, or all three. There is no fee required to participate in interest groups. To join an interest group, update your member profile or contact the Membership Department. To change your voting preference for an interest group, you must contact the Membership Department.


    Chemical ApplicationsConcept 2 ConsumerMaterials

    Chemical Applications Interest Group
    The mission of the Chemical Applications interest group is to stimulate and expand the knowledge base of applying chemicals (preparation aids, colorants, finishes, polymers, etc.) to textile substrates. The group concentrates on the technologies, equipment, systems, and processes used, as well as testing the physical/mechanical properties of treated materials.

    FORUM

    Click Here to Join
    To join an interest group, update your member profile or contact the Membership Department. To change your voting preference for an interest group, you must contact the Membership Department.

    Join

    Members:
    – Textile Chemical Researchers (academic and industrial)
    – Lab Personnel
    – Chemical Manufacturers
    – Dyeing and Finishing Professionals
    – Polymer Research Chemists
    – Textile Technologists
    – Product Development Engineers
    – Anyone interested in delivering better chemicals and application processes to the global textile community!

    Areas of Interest:
    – Enzyme desizing and scouring
    – Improving hydrophilic properties of textiles
    – Colorfastness and dimensional stability
    – Fluorescent whitening
    – Antimicrobial finishes
    – Digital textile printing
    – Waterproofing
    – Chemical modification of fiber and textile properties
    – Wet processing of high performance fibers
    – Genotoxicity in dye and pigment synthesis
    – Decolorization of dye bath wastewater
    – Energy savings in textile plants
    – Continuous improvement of dyeing and finishing operations

    Concept 2 Consumer Interest Group
    Concept 2 Consumer® (C2C) was formed to provide a forum for textile, apparel, and home fashions manufacturers and retailers. Members discuss issues surrounding the creation of product, from initial concept to final consumption.
    C2C Student Design Competition  C2C Student Merchandising Competition

    FORUM C2C Discussion Group on LinkedIn

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    To join an interest group, update your member profile or contact the Membership Department. To change your voting preference for an interest group, you must contact the Membership Department.

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    Members
    – Apparel, Home Fashions, and Textile Designers
    – Merchandisers
    – Stylists
    – Colorists
    – Lab Personnel
    – Production Managers
    – Quality Assurance Personnel
    – Mill Specialists
    – Anyone interested in delivering a better product to the consumer!

    Areas of Interest
    – Implementing new technologies
    – Color management techniques and processes
    – Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing (CAD/CAM)
    – Production and sourcing concerns
    – Body scanning and patternmaking
    – Dyeing, printing, and finishing for the designer
    – Test methods and quality assurance
    – Communications throughout the supply chain
    – Cutting costs and reducing lead times

    Officers
    Tom Stutts, Chair 2021-2022
    Tammie Rollins, Member-at-Large 2021-2022

    C2C Activities
    Minutes, November 11, 2020
    Minutes, May 20, 2020
    Minutes, November 13, 2019
    Minutes, May 22, 2019
    Minutes, November 14, 2018
    Minutes, April 25, 2018
    Minutes, November 15, 2017
    Minutes, May 3, 2017
    Minutes, November 4, 2015
    Minutes, May 6, 2015
    Minutes, November 12, 2014
    Minutes, May 7, 2014
    Minutes, November 13, 2013
    Minutes, May 8, 2013
    Minutes, May 9, 2012
    Minutes, November 16, 2011
    Minutes, May 25, 2011

    Materials Interest Group
    The Materials Interest Group was formed to stimulate and expand the collective knowledge and development of new materials related to the fiber and fiber products industries via innovative modifications of existing structures and/or creation of unique compositions of matter.

    FORUM Materials Discussion Group on LinkedIn

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    To join an interest group, update your member profile or contact the Membership Department. To change your voting preference for an interest group, you must contact the Membership Department.

    Join

    Members
    – Materials Researchers and Developers (academic and industrial)
    – Materials and Synthetic Chemists/Scientists
    – Fiber/Fiber Products Manufacturers
    – Fiber Colorant/Chemical Manufacturers
    – Entrepreneurs
    – Lab Personnel
    – Production Managers
    – Manufacturing Engineers
    – Quality Assurance Personnel
    – Anyone interested in delivering new and improved materials to the global consumer!

    Areas of Interest
    – Nanotechnology applications in textiles
    – Innovative fibers and fabrics
    – High performance, protective, and health applications
    – Nonwovens technologies
    – Bacterial and microbial resistance
    – Antibiotic uptake and release from textile materials
    – Non-traditional medical textile implants
    – Flame retardant technologies
    – Textile coating enhancements
    – Firefighter and first-responder gear
    – Sensor networks and e-textiles

    Officers
    Christina Rappa, Chair 2021-2022
    Apurba Banerjee, Member-at-Large 2020-2021

    Materials Activities
    Minutes, November 11, 2020
    Minutes, May 2020
    Minutes, November 2019
    Minutes, May 22, 2019
    Minutes, November 14, 2018
    Minutes, April 25, 2018
    Minutes, May 3, 2017
    Minutes, November 4, 2015
    Minutes, November 12, 2014
    Minutes, May 7, 2014
    Minutes, May 9, 2012
    Minutes, November 16, 2011

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