Antimicrobial agents are useful textile additives that provide resistance to microorganisms, potentially preventing infections caused by organisms of concern, such as Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). The AATCC 100 test method evaluates the antibacterial properties of textiles over a 24-hour period of contact, quantitatively assessing bacteriostatic (growth inhibition) or bactericidal (killing of bacteria) properties. The method ensures continuity in approaches and replicability of results.
The AATCC 100 test method consists of six key stages; preparation of samples, sterilisation, inoculation, incubation, washing/shaking out, and counting. Organisms are incubated in favourable conditions to provide a clear indication of the antimicrobial properties of the test fabric. The AATCC 100 method is the textile industry’s standard for antimicrobial fabric performance in the USA.
Perfectus Biomed’s expertise and experience with antimicrobial testing allows us to modify the AATCC 100 method to further assess your product against tougher, more clinically relevant microorganisms. While Staphylococcus aureus and Klebsiella pneumoniae are the two organisms outlined in the AATCC 100 standard, we can carry out the method against a range of organisms to allow you to further challenge and better market your product. A full list of our microorganism bank can be viewed here.
If you are interested in finding out more about how we can support your antimicrobial testing requirements or if you would like a quote for AATCC 100 testing, please get in touch.