AATCC Test Method Development
AATCC test methods are developed by research committees through extensive investigations and interlaboratory comparisons, 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 in each development. The content of many AATCC methods form the basis of equivalent ISO methods.
Before a method is published in the Technical Manual, it must be approved by the responsible research committee, reviewed by the Editorial Committee, and approved by 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at which time, on recommendation of the research committee and approval by TCR, it may be reaffirmed, revised, or withdrawn.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at least every five years by the research committee, and following approval by TCR may be reaffirmed, revised, or withdrawn. The historical record of these actions is published in a foreword to each method.
AATCC Style Guide for Writing Test Methods
Rules of Procedure for AATCC Test Method and Technology Committees
AATCC research committees create and update the test methods and evaluation procedures used around the world. Research committees are referred to by an “RA” (for Research, Active) number and a name.
Individuals are invited to participate on these committees and attend meetings. Semi-annual meetings (Spring and Fall) are open to members and nonmembers, and there is never a fee to attend.
Click the Events tab for Committee Meeting details and registration.
Research Chair Information: The Executive Committee on Research (ECR) makes policies that are not listed in the TECHNICAL MANUAL. ECR policies for chairs of research committees.
The Technical Committee on Research (TCR) oversees all research committee projects. Each committee report is summarized in the TCR meeting minutes.
|TCR Meeting Minutes|
|May 2012||November 2012||May 8, 2013||November 13, 2013|
|November 2011 (Corrected)||May 2011||November 2010||March 2010|
|November 2009||May 2009||November 2008||May 2008|
|November 2007||May 2007||November 2006||May 2006|
|The TCR Service Award recognizes members who have contributed to the Association by participating in research committee activities. Click here for more information or to nominate someone for this award for 2014.|
Several other groups also meet during the Spring and Fall Committee Meetings.
Technology committees stay current on specific topics, but do not develop test methods. These committees are listed share the RA designation with research committees and activities are included in the TCR minutes above.
Administrative committees oversee Association activities, including awards, publications, and education. They have a “C” designation.
Interest groups (Chemical Applications, Concept 2 Consumer, and Materials) offer opportunities to discuss relevant issues and improve communication among professionals with similar interests. AATCC members may join one, two, or all interest groups. Senior members may be a voting member of one group.
To join a committee, contact Tricia Day.
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