The American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists (AATCC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Sri Lanka Standards Institution (SLSI), allowing Sri Lanka to adopt AATCC test methods and procedures as national standards. The MoU was signed by AATCC Executive Vice-President Diana Wyman and SLSI Director General Siddhika G Senaratne.
Under the agreement, SLSI staff will become members of AATCC and relevant committees, while both groups will work together to enhance their support for the needs of the people of Sri Lanka, continue growth of the economy of Sri Lanka, and aid in the development of Sri Lanka National Standards.
This is the second such MoU for AATCC, following a similar agreement with L’Instituto Colombiano de Normas Técnicas y Certificación (ICONTEC) in 2020. With members participating from more than 50 countries, AATCC has long been regarded as a source of American standards, and this move further cements the organisation’s position as a global leader in textile standards.
AATCC President John Crocker expressed his excitement at the news, stating, “With all the work that goes into the development of AATCC standards, I’m truly excited to see the interest in adopting them as national standards in countries outside the US. It takes a lot of time, input, and dedication to make an accurate and repeatable method via precision and bias studies. Frankly, no organisation does it better than AATCC, and I’m happy the rest of the world is starting to realise it.”
The adoption of AATCC standards as national standards in Sri Lanka and Colombia is an important step forward for the global textile industry. By working together to develop and adopt common standards, textile professionals can improve the quality and consistency of their products while also promoting sustainable practices and supporting economic growth. With new tools and technologies making it easier for members to participate from anywhere in the world, AATCC is well-positioned to continue serving the global textile community for years to come.