Erika SimmonsMarch 16, 2021 AATCC Newsletter

AATCC: International by Design

AATCC is an international organization. AATCC’s members come from across the textile industry and from around the world. AATCC Standards are developed, specified, and performed around the world.

AATCC Standards adhere to the World Trade Organization(WTO) guidelines on international standards under the agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade. The WTO defined six principles for the development of international standards, which include:



3.Impartiality and Consensus

4.Effectiveness and Relevance


6.Development Dimension


AATCC takes practical measures to refrain from duplicating standards that exist in its own and other organizations.  It is recognized that harmonization may not always be possible or practical in some instances, especially if it means compromising the methodology’s intent; however, when practical, AATCC works with other organizations to harmonize standards.

Twice a year, AATCC  publishes new and existing standards.  AATCC provides notice of developmental standards and topics under consideration by posting the research committee notes, minutes, and project listings through its transparency practices.

AATCC affords sympathetic consideration to, and adequate opportunity for, consultation regarding representations with its open committee membership policy.  Any interested party may join a research committee as a non-voting member. Ideation, diverse perspectives, and consensus are the cornerstones of AATCC standard development.


For a listing of current committee projects, visit

To join a committee, visit:

To participate in a committee meeting, check the AATCC committee events page:

To purchase AATCC standards and related products, visit the AATCC website:


For more information on WTO’s Agreement on Technical Barriers to trade:

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