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Test Standards

Regulations, Legislation and Test Standards

The Australian/New Zealand standard board were the first agency to introduce standardised testing and classification of UPF rating, since this standardised test methods have been introduced worldwide. These Standards outline the labelling system to be used in accordance to that particular standard.

The Swiss standard 801 tests fabrics through simulated ageing conditions such as wear, stretching and washing, and is widely used. Centres approved for undertaking this test method are outlined by the International Test Association for Applied UV Protection, of which the Hohenstein Institute  is a founding member. 

AATCC Test Method 183 - Transmittance or blocking of Erythemally weighted Ultraviolet radiation through Fabrics

ASTM D 6544  - Standard Practise for Preparation of Textiles Prior to Ultraviolet Transmission Testing

ASTM D 6603 - Standard Guide for Labelling of UV protective Textiles

British Standards
BS EN 13758-1:2002  - Textiles. Solar UV protective properties. Method of test for apparel fabrics

BS EN 13758-2:2003  - Textiles. Solar UV protective properties. Classification and marking of apparel

BS EN 12224:2000   - Geotextiles. Determination of the resistance to weathering


AS/NZS (Australasian Standard 4399:1996)


Test Standard 801 is the only standard which tests textiles after experiencing conditions close to wear. 

International Testing Association for Applied UV Protection: Standard 801 

ISO 10640:2011 - Plastics. Methodology for assessing polymer photoageing by FTIR and UV/visible spectroscopy

The consumer claims directive 2005/20, outlines how products must be presented to the consumer.