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Standards can be defined as a set of rules to ensure quality. They set out a specification or procedure by which to follow for testing to ensure that the tests are carried out consistently and equally to provide reliable results and, as such, are voluntary. Some standards set out a standardised method by which to label products.

Here you will find links to all relevant Textile Standards Agencies:

International Standards Organisation

British Standards

ASTM International - formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials.

Standards Australia

American National Standards Institute

The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colourists (AATCC) has a range of test methods and evaluation procedures.

The UK Fashion and Textile Association (UKFT) has more information on Standards in the Textiles and Apparel industry.