AATCC: is a leader in education,
technology transfer and test method development for the textile wet processing
industry, responding to its membership needs, functioning as an information
disseminator, and providing services around the world.
Testing Methods .
American Society for
Testing and Materials (ASTM): There mission is
to be the foremost developer and provider of voluntary consensus standards,
related technical information, and services having internationally recognized
quality and applicability that promote public health and safety, and the
overall quality of life; contribute to the reliability of materials, products,
systems and services; and facilitate national, regional, and international
ANSI: American National Standards
Institute. Visit the quality standards regarding
Leather (ISO ICS 59 Textiles and Leather Technology) and standards for
Clothing Industry (ISO ICS 61 Clothing Industry).
AOQC Moody International, Inc.: ISO/QS/AS 9000 and ISO 14001 quality management systems assessment and
registration services. Offers accredited Auditor.
Society of Quality): The American Society for Quality (ASQ) has been the
leading quality improvement organization in the United States for more than
50 years. Its members have initiated most of the quality methods used throughout
the world, including statistical process control, quality cost measurement
and control, total quality management, failure analysis, and zero defects.
International is one of the largest voluntary standards development organizations
in the world-a trusted source for technical standards for materials, products,
systems, and services. Known for their high technical quality and market
relevancy, ASTM International standards have an important role in the information
infrastructure that guides design, manufacturing and trade in the global
economy. ASTM International, originally known as the American Society
for Testing and Materials (ASTM), was formed over a century ago.
Flammability Testing (from ASTM)
Standard Test Method for
Flammability of Apparel Textiles
Benchmarking Exchange, The: on-line resource dedicated to the practice of benchmarking, reengineering,
and process and quality improvement.
Committee for Standardization.
Foreign Government Standard Bodies Links
GL: total commitment to
safety and quality.
INDA (Association of
the Non-woven Fabrics Industry): testing methods
Integrated Quality Resources:
become ISO 9000 or QS 9000 compliant/registered.
International Certifications Ltd: Worldwide Quality certification and compliance. ICL, the only company
International Inspection &
Expediting Services: International Quality Control, Expediting and
ISO-9000 Certification Specialists; - office's located world-wide.
International Organization for Standardization
(ISO) includes information on standards for
textiles and clothing. They provide ISO standards publications through
ISO members. If you are in the USA, you can purchase through the ANSI
which you can also find on this page.
International & Regional Standards Organizations
NIST: National Institute of Standards
and Technology (USA)
Oeko-Tex Association [Oeko-Tex
100 standard]: In the late eighties, the Austrian Textile Research Institute
TI ('sterreichische Textil-Forschungsinstitut) in Vienna, developed a testing
scheme for textiles relating to harmful substances, the "TN 100".
The Institute tested textiles, clothing and floor coverings to the testing
criteria involved. By 1991, ten companies were already certified to this
human ecological test system. Building on this wealth of knowledge and joining
forces with a similar scheme; "ko-Check", developed by the German
textile institute; " Forschungsinstitut Hohenstein", the "Internationale
Gemeinschaft f r Forschung and Prufung auf dem Gebiet der Textil kologie";
or "OekoTex"; was developed in 1992. The first task for the International
Association for Research and Testing in the Field of Textile Ecology was
the elaboration of the "ko-Tex Standard 100", to enable the testing
of textiles and clothing for their human ecology properties. This standard
contains analytical tests for specified harmful substances and gives limiting
values based on scientific considerations. A manufacturer whose product
meets the requirements set by the standard is licensed to use the registered
mark or label "Tested for Harmful Substances according to Oeko-Tex
Standard 100" on his product. At the beginning of 1993, further renowned
textile institutes joined the International Association as members. All
members tested textile products to the same Oeko-Tex standard 100 methods
and accordingly used the registered label to certify these products - "Confidence
in Textiles. Tested for Harmful Substances according to Oeko-Tex Standard
100." In 1995, the first edition of the Oeko-Tex Standard 1000 was
issued. Here the requirements for environmentally friendly production were
outlined. Manufacturing sites fulfilling a strict set of limiting value
criteria, addressing areas such as banned chemicals and harmful manufacturing
processes were licenced to carry the label; "Umweltfreundliche Betriebssttte"
(lit. Environmentally Friendly Manufacturing Site) and were able to then
demonstrate an environmental management system. First organisations were
subsequently audited in a pilot project. In 1999, the label "Oeko-Tex
Standard 100 plus" was awarded for the first time. This related to
a finished product, which fulfilled the requirements of the Oeko-Tex Standard
100 and was also produced only on sites carrying the Oeko-Tex Standard 1000
Profit Technologies: Service company providing effective quality management solutions for business
Quality Assurance Support
Group: free interactive, online courses on quality related topics such
as ISO 9000 and QS-9000
Quality Certification Bureau Inc.
- QCB: RvA and SCC accredited registrar, ISO 9000, QS 9000 and ISO
14000 registration services.
Quality Systems Registrars -
SFS: Finnish standards association.
A commitment to integrity and quality in all that they do has been a cornerstone
of QSR® since they were founded in 1990 so it's no coincidence that they
maintain a 95 percent customer retention level and that their auditors have
been with them an average of ten years. Along the way, they have become
one of the most respected, and arguably, the most credible and consistent
registrar you'll find.
SFS: Finnish Standardization Organization
Supplier Quality Associates: SQA, a worldwide leader in QA technical services, provides its clients
with highly skilled local resources. Since its founding in 1995 by
father and son Jim McKay and J. Michael McKay, SQA has pursued a vision
of helping companies improve. Chaired by Jim McKay, who pioneered Supplier
Quality Management services in the 70s, SQA is widely recognized as a key
body of knowledge, a flexible global resource, and a proven solution provider
for today's complex supply environments. SQA leads in providing managed
supplier quality services for audits, corrective actions, inspections and
engineering to manufacturers within the healthcare, aerospace and high tech
industries. They deliver their services by deploying associates located
throughout the United States and in over 50 countries around the world.
They are expert quality assurance professionals with broad experience and
local knowledge. They put you on-site faster, eliminate travel budgets and
work only when needed.
TUV America: ISO 9000, QS-9000 &
ISO 14000 Registrar; EU/German Product Testing & Certification Services
for Automotive, Co
TUV Essen: ISO 9000 Registrar
QS-9000 Registrar ISO 14000 Certification Registration
Underwriters Laboratories Inc:
a provider of product safety certification and quality system registration
services (ISO 9000, QS-9000 and ISO 14000).
VICS: Cross-industry standards
for the general merchandise and retail industry.
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