Emerging Technology

AATCC is leading the way in e-textile test method development. The association also brings together information and resources from across industries and around the world.

Given the COVID-19 crisis and related government recommendations of face covering use in public
settings, guidance was developed to provide information to
manufacturers. Considerations and recommendations are intended to help manufacturers more
efficiently design and produce face coverings for general purpose (non-medical) use.

AATCC MXXX-2020 Guidance and Considerations for General Purpose Textile Face Coverings: Adult

The draft was compiled by an ad-hoc task group of industry stakeholders. It is currently being balloted as an AATCC monograph. In the meantime, the draft is available for public use and comment.

This document contains voluntary guidance and practical options for:

  • 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

To submit comments or questions, contact Diana Wyman, AATCC Executive Vice President or any of the task group members listed on the cover sheet of the draft monograph.

Whats New

  • AATCC EP13, Evaluation Procedure for Electrical Resistance of Electronically-Integrated Textiles published. First international standard for e-textiles!

Upcoming Events

Join AATCC at upcoming events related to e-textiles and e-textile standards development.

  • AATCC RA111 Meeting
    Fall Committee Meetings (day/time to be determined)
    Research Triangle Park, NC, USA
    remote participation available

Get Involved

RA111, Electronically Integrated Textiles
Scope: To develop methods and terminology for testing electronically integrated textiles.

View Committee Roster        Join Committee

To join the committee contact Valerie Fogg

Note that only members of the committee receive agendas, minutes, and ballots.

To join this (or any other) AATCC research committee, you must be an individual member of AATCC. Click below for more information about membership options.

  • Attend an upcoming meeting
  • Participate in task groups or round-robin studies
  • Present or listen at an upcoming event

More information        View Meetings 

Resource and Links

  • Press Release: AATCC Publishes International Standard for
    Resistance of E-Textiles (February 2019)
  • AATCC RA111 Electronically Integrated Textiles Test Methods
    • RA111 Laundering Task Group
    • RA111 Stretch Task Group
  • ASTM D13.50 on Smart Textiles
  • IEC TC124 Wearable electronic devices and technologies
  • IPC D-70 E-textiles
    • D-71 E-Textiles Joining and Interconnection Techniques
    • D-72 E-Textiles Materials
    • D-74 E-Textile Test Methods Development and Validation
  • ISO TC38/WG32 Smart textiles

Contact Erika Simmons, AATCC Technical Director for more information.

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