AATCC Announces enhancements to Proficiency Testing Programs
The new year brings some exciting changes to the AATCC Proficiency Testing Programmes. AATCC Proficiency Testing Programs offer labs the opportunity to anonymously gauge their performance against that of hundreds of others around the globe. AATCC asked current programme participants what could be improved. The Association is implementing some of those suggestions immediately
Visual Color Evaluation
For the first time, labs will receive specimens for evaluation using AATCC Evaluation Procedure (EP) 2, Gray Scale for Staining. The program will continue to include specimens for evaluation using EP1, Gray Scale for Color Change. Each round will now include three color change specimens with corresponding controls, plus three staining specimens and a control.
Fibre Identification and Analysis
There are also big changes planned for the Fiber program. This programme has historically included two blended fiber samples to be tested according to AATCC Test Method (TM) 20A, Fibre Analysis: Quantitative. Based on participant feedback, future samples will include some common blends as well as more exotic combinations. Beginning in February 2016, an additional sample will be included for testing by TM20, Fibre Analysis: Qualitative.
All AATCC Proficiency Testing Programs will feature some enhancements for 2016.
• Samples will represent a broader range of results and/or more relevant results.
• The face side of sample fabrics will be labeled for easier identification and consistent testing.
• Updated data sheets will better reflect proper reporting requirements and allow more detailed analysis of results.
• Statistical explanations will be more detailed.
Futures programs may include online registration, additional test methods, and more in-depth analysis.
AATCC Proficiency Testing Programs offer labs the opportunity to anonymously gauge their performance against that of hundreds of others around the globe. Participation also helps labs meet certification requirements for proficiency and continuous improvement. The Association compiles the submitted data into a report and distributes it to participating labs with a code to identify their data. All participating labs receive Certificates of Participation.