Consumer product manufacturers have a choice when selecting a testing lab. Proficiency and technical expertise weigh heavily in that decision. Microchem scientists receive extensive training to limit variability in test results and to ensure reproducibility and consistency between studies.
The American Association of Textiles Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) recently awarded Microchem Laboratory with a certificate of successful completion of the AATCC Antibacterial Proficiency Program. Scientists at Microchem performed the following AATCC standard test methods designed to evaluate antibacterial effectiveness of textiles:
AATCC 100 – Assessment of Antibacterial Finishes on Textile Materials
AATCC 147 – Antibacterial Activity Assessment of Textile Materials: Parallel Streak Method
Multiple scientists participated and each data set was submitted to AATCC for inter-laboratory comparison. Microchem’s results were some of the least variable (low standard deviations) when compared to other participating labs and agreed with the grand mean for both methods.
Contact the lab for more information on Microchem’s proficiency testing and training programs, the standard methods listed above or general questions related to antimicrobial testing.