AATCC test methods, evaluation procedures, and monographs are developed by research committees through research, testing, and discussion, often taking several years of work. Simplicity, reproducibility, applicability, cost of performing the test, and the time required to perform the test are all important considerations. The content of many AATCC methods form the basis of equivalent ISO methods.
Before a method is published in the AATCC Technical Manual, it must be approved by the responsible research committee and the Technical Committee on Research (TCR).
During the first three years, each new test method is reviewed annually, at which time, on recommendation of the research committee and approval by TCR, it may be reaffirmed, revised, or withdrawn. After the first three years, each method is reviewed at least every five years. The historical record of these actions is published at the top of each method.
Semi-annual committee meetings (Spring and Fall) are open to all, and there is no fee to attend. Networking and special presentations are also part of each series of meetings. Some committees offer remote meeting participation by phone or web.
Between official meetings, many committees and task groups hold conference calls or communicate by email to keep projects moving forward.
The Technical Committee on Research (TCR) Service Award recognizes those who have contributed outstanding technical service to the Association through activity in a research committee. Nominees must be senior members with at least five years of continuous membership in AATCC.