COVID-19 Resources

The AATCC Technical Center is not allowing visitors until further notice. Online services remain available and some staff will be on site while some are working from home to serve members and customers. Shipping is now back on a regular schedule.

Face Coverings Standard

AATCC M14-2020 Guidance and Considerations for General Purpose Textile Face Coverings: Adult is now a standard AATCC monograph. The official standard is available for download from the AATCC website. Along with other AATCC standards used for personal protective equipment (PPE) testing, AATCC M14 is offered at no cost.


Considerations included in AATCC M14 are intended to help manufacturers more efficiently design and produce face coverings for general purpose (non-medical) use. The monograph may also serve as a useful resource for those sourcing face coverings for general use.

  • Regulatory Considerations
  • Fit and Sizing Considerations
  • Material and Construction Considerations
  • Particle Filtration Considerations
  • Breathing Resistance Considerations
  • Laundering and Service Life Considerations
  • Tie and Ear Loop Considerations
  • Product Labeling and Marking Considerations

New Research 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.

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Emerging Technologies

Additional Resources

Face Coverings Bibliography

The Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) testing webinar series is offered at no cost to individual and corporate members of AATCC and at a 70% discount ($45) for nonmembers.

See the Resources tab for more information on these and related topics.

Free Standards

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, AATCC is providing relevant standards at no cost.

Testing Materials

AATCC also provides many of the testing apparatus and materials required to perform PPE and other textile testing.

For help selecting testers and blotter paper, see the Resources tab for articles about Impact Penetration Testing. Related webinars are also available.

AATCC Corporate Member News Blog Series: Response to COVID19

To help facilitate the sharing of information related to COVID-19 amongst our members. We are seeking content from our Corporate member companies and want to tell the story about how you’re dealing with this crisis. Please send us a short article about any aspect of the textile industry, and specifically your company’s, response to COVID-19. Links within the article are encouraged. Additionally, we plan to share a list of links to Corporate member websites, with your latest news about your COVID response. Please complete this form to share your content. If you have any questions, please contact Hayley Allred at! Thank you!
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