Research Committees


Volunteers like you develop the test methods used around the world.

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Test method development benefits from participation by a broad range of stakeholders. Your perspective is important.
Any senior member of AATCC may be a voting member of a research committee (student members may be non-voting members).
Guidelines for committee membership are listed in Rules of Procedure for AATCC Test Method and Technology Committees. Only one member per organization may be a voting member on each committee (others may join the same committee as non-voting members). Each senior member may vote on up to three Test Method committees plus, up to three Technology committees. Voting membership on Independent committees is unlimited. Membership on RA99 is by appointment. Non-voting membership on all other research committees is unlimited.
Committee members must return all ballots to maintain voting status. A response of “abstain” for all items on a ballot is acceptable. This policy ensures that committee rosters include only current contact information for individuals interested in the relevant topic.
Research committees are referred to by an “RA” (for Research, Active) number and a title. Inactive committees have an “RR” designation for Research, Reference.
There are three types of research committees:
Test method committees
As the name implies, these committees develop and maintain test methods. They may also be responsible for evaluation procedures, monographs, or other technical documents. Test method committees may organize conferences, webinars, publications, or other educational activities.
Technology committees
RA80, RA88, RA100, RA103, RA104, RA109
Technology committees aim to stay current on research, innovation, and trends in a particular area. These committees may also organize conferences, webinars, publications, or other educational activities. Technology committees do NOT develop test methods or evaluation procedures, but may be responsible for monographs published in the AATCC Technical Manual.
Independent committees
RA59, RA75, RA99, RA102
Committees that do not fit in the Test Method or Technology categories are considered independent. These currently include RA59, Fibrous Test Materials; RA75, Evaluation of Materials and Products for End Use Performance; RA99, Technical Manual Editorial Review; and RA102, Statistics Advisory. RA99 is the only research committee with appointed members. All other committees are open to any interested member of AATCC.
Being part of an AATCC research committee benefits you, and your expertise benefits the industry.
Committee members vote on new test method proposals, as well as revisions and reaffirmations of existing methods. Every vote counts. The committee must address each negative vote before the method can proceed. Comments may not stop an item, but are given serious consideration and often result in a new round of revisions.
Only committee members receive meeting notices, agendas, and minutes. Joining a committee is the best way to stay informed! Be among the first to know when new methods are proposed or approved. Stay current on industry advances as well as challenges.
There are numerous leadership opportunities. From joining a task group to chairing a committee, there are many ways to hone your skills and enhance your reputation as an industry expert.
Create a network of like-minded professionals. Being part of a committee allows colleagues, competitors, and supply chain partners to work together toward common goals. Fellow members become valuable resources—and often, lifelong friends.
If you are a member of AATCC, log in to access full contact information for each committee member. Non-members may view committee member names and companies.
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.
Administrative committees oversee AATCC activities, including awards, publications, and education. They have a “C” designation.
The Technical Committee on Research (TCR) is actually an administrative committee (C3) but comprises the chairs of each research committee. this group reviews each test method that has been approved by an individual committee before it can proceed to publication. For more on this process, please see Test Method Development.
AATCC’s Executive Committee on Research (ECR) is responsible for the final approval of all published methods, as well as policy issues related to the technical activities of the association. Members are appointed for three-year terms.
Interest groups offer opportunities to discuss relevant issues and improve communication among professionals with similar interests. AATCC members may join one, two, or all interest groups and may be a voting member of one group.
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.
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