ISO Testing

ISO Testing

ISO Testing

ISO test methods are standardized procedures developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) for determining the properties and evaluating the performance of materials, products, services, and systems. These methods are internationally recognized and are designed to be reproducible and consistent, regardless of who conducts the test or where it is performed.

Key Characteristics of ISO Test Methods:

  1. Standardization: ISO test methods provide a standardized approach to testing, ensuring consistency and comparability of results across different laboratories and industries worldwide.

  2. Global Acceptance: Developed through a consensus process involving experts from various countries, these methods are widely accepted in global trade and regulatory environments.

  3. Quality and Reliability: They are designed to yield reliable and high-quality data, which are crucial for product development, quality control, and compliance with regulations.

  4. Diverse Applications: ISO test methods cover a wide range of subjects, from material properties and environmental impact to health and safety, spanning across industries like manufacturing, healthcare, technology, and environmental management.

  5. Repeatability and Reproducibility: These methods are formulated such that different individuals following the procedure will obtain highly similar results, ensuring the repeatability and reproducibility of tests.

  6. Technical Expertise: ISO methods are developed by committees of experts in the specific field, ensuring that the standards are technically sound and reflect the latest scientific and technological advancements.

Usage of ISO Test Methods:

  • Quality Assurance: They are used by manufacturers and service providers for quality assurance and quality control processes.

  • Regulatory Compliance: Regulatory bodies often require testing as per ISO standards for compliance with safety, health, and environmental regulations.

  • Research and Development: In R&D, these methods are used to assess the performance and safety of new products and technologies.

  • International Trade: ISO standards facilitate international trade by providing a common language for quality and performance criteria.

In summary, ISO test methods play a critical role in ensuring the quality, safety, and efficiency of products and services across the globe, fostering innovation, trade, and consumer protection. ARE Labs can help with certain ISO testing as it relates to air filtration as well as contact testing with bioaerosols. Some of the ISO Standards we have extensive experience with include:

  • ISO 29463: High-Efficiency Filters and Filter Media for Removing Particles in Air (Parts 1-5).

  • ISO 22196 (Measurement of Antibacterial Activity on Plastic Surfaces)

  • ISO 22196 (Modified for Viruses)

  • ISO 27447 (Test for Antimicrobial Activity of Photocatalytic Materials)

  • ISO 11737-1: Sterilization of health-care products - Microbiological methods - Part 2: Tests of sterility performed in the validation of a sterilization process

  • ISO 11737-2: Part 2 of ISO 11737 provides guidance on performing a test of sterility as part of the validation of a sterilization process.

  • ISO 14937: Sterilization of health-care products - General requirements for characterization of a sterilizing agent and the development, validation, and routine control of a sterilization process for medical devices

ASTM Testing:

ASTM standards are a set of globally recognized guidelines and procedures developed by ASTM International, formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials. These standards are designed to ensure the quality, safety, performance, and regulatory compliance of materials, products, systems, and services across a wide range of industries and sectors.

Key Features of ASTM Standards:

  1. Consensus-Based: ASTM standards are developed through a consensus process involving volunteers from various stakeholders, including industry experts, government representatives, academics, and consumers.

  2. Wide-Ranging Applications: They cover a diverse array of subjects, from construction materials, consumer products, and environmental protection to healthcare, manufacturing, and technology.

  3. Quality and Safety Focus: ASTM standards are critical tools for quality control and assurance, providing specifications for materials and products, test methods to determine product quality and safety, and best practices for manufacturing and service provision.

  4. Global Recognition: While based in the United States, ASTM standards are internationally recognized and used, influencing trade, manufacturing, and regulatory frameworks around the world.

  5. Regular Updates: These standards are periodically reviewed and updated to reflect technological advancements, emerging challenges, and evolving industry needs.

Usage of ASTM Standards:

  • Product Development and Manufacturing: Manufacturers use ASTM standards to guide the design, production, and testing of products to ensure they meet specified quality and performance criteria.

  • Regulatory Compliance: Many regulatory bodies reference ASTM standards in regulations, making compliance with these standards essential for legal operation and market access.

  • Quality Assurance and Testing: ASTM standards provide guidelines for consistent testing and evaluation of products and materials, ensuring reliability and consumer trust.

  • International Trade: By providing a common language for quality and technical criteria, ASTM standards facilitate international trade and market access.

ASTM standards play a crucial role in ensuring quality and safety, driving innovation, and facilitating global trade and interoperability across industries. ARE Labs has extensive experience with various ASTM test methods including:

  • ASTM E1428: Standard Test Method for Evaluating the Performance of Antimicrobials in or on Polymeric Solids Against Staining by Streptoverticillium reticulum

  • ASTM E2149: Standard Test Method for Determining the Antimicrobial Activity of Immobilized Antimicrobial Agents Under Dynamic Contact Conditions

  • ASTM E2180: Standard test Method for Determining the Activity of Incoporated Antimicrobial Agents in Polymeric or Hydrophobic Materials

  • ASTM D3273: Resistance to Mold on the Surface of Interior Coatings in an Environmental Chamber

  • ASTM E1428: Standard Test Method for Evaluating the Performance of Antimicrobials in or on Polymeric Solids Against Staining by Streptoverticillium reticulum

  • ASTM G21: Determining Resistance of Synthetic Polymeric Materials to Fungi

  • ASTM D5116-17: Standard Guide for Small-Scale Environmental Chamber Determinations of Organic Emissions from Indoor Materials/Products

  • ASTM D6670-01: Standard Practice for Full-Scale Chamber Determination of Volatile Organic Emissions from Indoor Materials/Products

  • ASTM F1471-09: Standard Test Method for Air Cleaning Performance of a High-Efficiency Particulate Air-Filter System

ASHRAE Testing:

ASHRAE standards are technical guidelines and best practices developed by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE). These standards are designed to ensure optimal performance and sustainability in building systems, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, refrigeration processes, and sustainability within the built environment. Although ASHRAE testing is generally not required by regulatory bodies, ASHRAE test standards are widely accepted and useful for marketing and validation of the effectiveness of certain devices. ARE Labs can assist with ASHRAE testing applicable to air purification systems such as:

  • ASHRAE Standard 52.2: Method of Testing General Ventilation Air-Cleaning Devices for Removal Efficiency by Particle Size: This standard establishes a test method for evaluating the performance of air-cleaning devices. It specifically measures the efficiency of filters in capturing particles of different sizes, which is crucial for air purifiers.

  • ASHRAE Standard 241: Control of Infectious Aerosols: Control of Infectious Aerosols, establishes minimum requirements aimed at reducing the risk of disease transmission through exposure to infectious aerosols in new buildings, existing buildings, and major renovations. The implementation of this standard brings numerous benefits to occupants and promotes healthier environments.

AHAM Testing:

The Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) develops test standards for various home appliances to ensure their quality, performance, and safety. These standards are widely recognized and often used by appliance manufacturers, regulatory agencies, and consumers to evaluate and compare home appliances. Certain AHAM test methods are used for the determination of efficacy in room air purifiers which are considered a home appliance. Although AHAM testing is generally not required by regulatory bodies, AHAM certification can be helpful in the marketing of an air purification device. Some of the AHAM testing which is relevant to air purification devices include:

  • AHAM AC-1-2015: Method for Measuring Performance of Portable Household Electric Room Air Cleaners: This is the most recognized standard by AHAM for air purifiers. It outlines the method for measuring the Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) of portable household electric room air cleaners. CADR indicates the volume of filtered air an air purifier delivers, with separate scores for tobacco smoke, dust, and pollen.

  • AHAM AC-2-2020: Method for Measuring Performance of Portable Household Electric Room Air Cleaners Following Accelerated Particulate Loading: AC-2-2020 is an extension of AC-1, focusing on how well air purifiers perform after being subjected to accelerated particulate loading. This standard helps in understanding the long-term efficacy of air purifiers in environments with high particulate matter.

  • AHAM AC-3-2020: Method for Measuring Performance of Portable Household Electric Room Air Cleaners for the Removal of Gaseous Pollutants: AC-3-2020 is a more recent standard that measures the performance of air purifiers in removing gaseous pollutants, like VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), from indoor air. This standard is important as it addresses the non-particulate aspect of air purification.

  • AHAM AC-4-2020: Method for Measuring the Performance of Portable Household Electric Room Air Cleaners for the Reduction of Microbials in Air: This standard focuses on the ability of air purifiers to reduce microbial contaminants like bacteria, viruses, and mold spores in the air, which is increasingly important for health and hygiene in indoor environments.

Get in Touch

For more information on our standardized testing services for bioaerosols and exposure mitigation devices, or to discuss your specific testing needs, contact ARE Labs today. If you require testing that isn’t listed above feel free to contact us as we still may be able to assist you in additional tests.

Get in Touch

For more information on our standardized testing services for bioaerosols and exposure mitigation devices, or to discuss your specific testing needs, contact ARE Labs today. If you require testing that isn’t listed above feel free to contact us as we still may be able to assist you in additional tests.

Get in Touch

For more information on our standardized testing services for bioaerosols and exposure mitigation devices, or to discuss your specific testing needs, contact ARE Labs today. If you require testing that isn’t listed above feel free to contact us as we still may be able to assist you in additional tests.

At ARE Labs, we pride ourselves on adhering to the highest standards of regulatory compliance. All our testing services are conducted in strict accordance with FDA guidelines and cGLP (current Good Laboratory Practice) regulations, ensuring our clients receive results that are both reliable and recognized by regulatory bodies.

At ARE Labs, we pride ourselves on adhering to the highest standards of regulatory compliance. All our testing services are conducted in strict accordance with FDA guidelines and cGLP (current Good Laboratory Practice) regulations, ensuring our clients receive results that are both reliable and recognized by regulatory bodies.

At ARE Labs, we pride ourselves on adhering to the highest standards of regulatory compliance. All our testing services are conducted in strict accordance with FDA guidelines and cGLP (current Good Laboratory Practice) regulations, ensuring our clients receive results that are both reliable and recognized by regulatory bodies.