SGS Collaborates on AATCC’s New Textile Face Covering Draft Guidance

SGS initiates the development of AATCC’s draft guidance document for textile face coverings.

Online PR News – 02-July-2020 – Geneva, Switzerland – The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) has released a draft guidance document relating to textile face coverings. This is believed to be the first document of its kind for North American markets.

Released on June 1, 2020, AATCC Monograph “AATCC MXXX 2020 Guidance and Considerations for General Purpose Textile Face Coverings: Adult” contains voluntary guidance and practical considerations relating to:

• Regulations – including US Center for Disease Control’s COVID-19 recommendations
• Fit and sizing
• Materials and construction
• Particle filtration
• Breathing resistance
• Laundering and service life
• Tie and ear loop
• Product labeling and marking

The aim of the document is to help manufacturers efficiently design and produce general purpose (non-medical) face coverings. One of the primary considerations is washing and drying instructions and so it contains information to help manufacturers decide on:

• Care instructions
• Service life – maximum number of washes before a mask should be replaced

The draft guidance document also recommends protective performance standards. Face coverings should retain a minimum particle filtration of 70% (@ 3-micron) and a maximum breathing resistance as specified by the selected method.

Development of the draft guidance was initiated by SGS, with an ad-hoc task group comprising the AATCC, North Carolina State University and other industry experts in textile research, manufacturing, filtration, safety and standardization.

AATCC was founded in 1921 as a technical and scientific society. It now has members from around 60 countries, representing a broad spectrum of expertise in textile research, manufacturing, design and marketing. Its primary objectives are education, technical applications and research, and communication.

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