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Standard covers antimicrobial activity assessment in fabric.

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April 27, 2010 - ASTM E2722, Test Method for Using Seeded-Agar for the Screening Assessment of Antimicrobial Activity in Fabric and Air Filter Media is under jurisdiction of Subcommittee E35.15 on Antimicrobial Agents. Development of the standard was inspired by need for rapid, qualitative screening method that would allow assessment of antimicrobial activity of low water solubility antimicrobials that may not demonstrate typical zone of inhibition observed in other conventional chemistries.

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New ASTM Seeded-Agar Standard to Be Used for Antimicrobial Activity Assessment in Fabric and Air Filter Media

Press release date: April 21, 2010

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, Pa., -Manufacturers developing treated fabrics or air filters, as well as end users who want to specify an article that performs under conditions of moisture and nutrient load, will be the primary users of new ASTM International standard ASTM E2722, Test Method for Using Seeded-Agar for the Screening Assessment of Antimicrobial Activity in Fabric and Air Filter Media. ASTM E2722 is under the jurisdiction of Subcommittee E35.15 on Antimicrobial Agents, part of ASTM International Committee E35 on Pesticides and Alternative Control Agents. According to Daniel Price, director of microbiology, InterfaceFLOR, the development of E2722 was inspired by the need for a rapid, qualitative screening method that would allow for the assessment of antimicrobial activity of low water solubility antimicrobials that may not demonstrate the typical zone of inhibition observed in other conventional chemistries. "This standard is pertinent to those developing a treated fabric or filter or to those wishing to assess the activity of a treated article under optimal conditions for microbial growth," says Price. "E2722 provides for a visual assessment that is easy for the layman to interpret." To purchase ASTM standards, visit www.astm.org and search by the standard designation number, or contact ASTM Customer Relations (phone: 610-832-9585; service@astm.org). ASTM International welcomes and encourages participation in the development of its standards. For more information on becoming an ASTM member, visit www.astm.org/JOIN. ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions. View this release on the ASTM Web site at www.astmnewsroom.org. ASTM Committee E35 Next Meeting: Oct. 11-14, October Committee Week, San Antonio, Texas Technical Contact: Daniel Price, InterfaceFLOR, LaGrange, Ga., Phone: 706-812-6266; daniel.price@interfaceglobal.com ASTM Staff Contact: Jennifer Rodgers, Phone: 610-832-9694; jrodgers@astm.org ASTM PR Contact: Barbara Schindler, Phone: 610-832-9603; bschindl@astm.org www.astm.org

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