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SDO: American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists


Primary Contact

Christopher Leonard
Technical Director
PO Box 12215, 1 Davis Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709-2215
Phone: 919.549.3532
Fax: 919.549.8933

Organizational Overview

AATCC is a technical and scientific society of approximately 3,000 individual, corporate and student members in approximately 60 countries world wide. Its members represent a broad spectrum of expertise in textile research, manufacturing, design and marketing. Since its inception in 1921, the Association has been dedicated to three objectives: education, technical applications and research, and communication. The Association is internationally recognized for its standard methods of testing dyed and chemically treated fibers and fabrics to measure and evaluate such performance characteristics as colorfastness to light and washing, durable press, soil release, shrinkage, water resistance and the many other conditions to which textiles may be subjected. New and updated test methods developed are published in the AATCC Technical Manual, of which a Chinese translation is available. The many aspects of textile wet processing are also covered in primers, handbooks, textbooks, and proceedings of AATCC's workshops, symposia, and international conferences, monthly journal, AATCC Review, and monthly newsletter, AATCC News.

The Association provides training, education, workshops and symposia on textile related topics world wide.

AATCC also serves in the international realm as Co-secretariat to ISO/TC38/SC1 - Tests for Coloured Textiles and Colorants and as Secretariat for ISO/TC38/SC2 - Cleansing, Finishing, and Water Resistance Tests. Along with ASTM, AATCC administers the USA TAG for ISO TC38 Textiles.

The Association is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina.

Scope of Standards Developing Activity

AATCC began developing and establishing testing procedures in 1921. To date, we have developed more than 200 test methods and evaluation procedures.

AATCC test methods and evaluation procedures focus on biological properties, colorfastness, dyeing properties, identification and analysis, and physical properties.

Training and education on the use of its testing procedures, along with Proficiency testing programs and a UV Calibration Program ensure good laboratory practices.

The AATCC also sells a variety of quality control materials that comply with the specific test method parameters found in the AATCC Technical Manual. Using authentic quality control materials is important to achieving reproducible results with test methods throughout the world. AATCC quality control materials are sold directly to customers through the Association’s website,, or through local resellers. While the Association does not authorize preferred suppliers or distributors, many corporate members of AATCC around the world perform an important service because they keep quality control materials in stock in locations convenient to customers that need them.

Although it is unscrupulous for organizations to misappropriate the intellectual property of AATCC, there is even a greater danger to organizations that purchase and use counterfeit products. The cost to an organization for textile goods that must be returned or rejected due to improper testing greatly outweighs the relatively inexpensive cost of authentic consumable testing materials. Buyers should make sure they are purchasing authentic AATCC quality control materials either directly through AATCC or through reputable resellers of authentic AATCC products, such as corporate members of the Association.

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