“How should I test my garment for UV protection?” It’s one of the most common questions asked of the staff of the AATCC Technical Center. It comes from fabric and garment producers, fiber and chemical companies, and even consumers.

There is also a renewed interest within the standards community about testing for UV protection. In 2017, the Australian/New Zealand standard was revised for the first time since it was published in 1996. AATCC and ASTM committees are currently working on revisions of their respective standards related to UV protection. The two organizations also jointly published ASTM and AATCC Technical Information and Standards for UV Protective Textiles to provide history, standards, and a testing flow chart in one convenient booklet.

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