INDA Releases 2012 Harmonized Test Methods

The updated version of global guidelines delivers a new numbering system and new methods

CARY, N.C. — October 19, 2012 — INDA, the leading Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, in conjunction with EDANA, has released the 2012 edition of the Harmonized Test Methods.

This latest edition contains the most complete collection of nonwoven test methods ever developed for the global nonwovens industry and updates the Harmonized Test Methods last published by INDA and EDANA in 2009.

The 2012 Harmonized Test Methods includes new methods in filtration, hygiene, absorption, retention and physical characteristics. The edition also provides expanded information in several testing areas, including permeability, stiffness and superabsorbent materials.

“We think the global nonwovens industry will find this edition the most useful and easy-to-use manual we have ever issued,” says INDA Director of Technical Affairs/Statistics Steve Ogle. “It is in a user-friendly, interactive format. By simply clicking on the test method name in the table of contents, users will be sent directly to the page that starts with this method.”

In addition to including the most updated test methods in use by the nonwovens industry worldwide, the 2012 edition of the Harmonized Test Methods also features a new intuitive number system developed by the World Strategic Partners (WSP), which indicates it has been reviewed and approved by both INDA and EDANA.

In the WSP system, the four or five digits after the WSP (070.10) refer to the procedure number and the capital “R” and the following number refer to the number of times this method has been released, Ogle explains. For example an R1 would indicate this is the first time this method has been released. In addition, the number in parentheses indicates the year of release.

For more information on the 2012 edition of the Harmonized Test Methods or to purchase, contact Regina Spitzer, INDA, (919) 233-1210 ext. 128,;


INDA is the leading global association of the nonwoven fabrics industry.  Since 1968, INDA has provided a variety of industry focused networking events to help members increase sales and market share.  INDA is the nonwoven industry’s premier source for market leading education, global forecasts, testing standards and trend reports which provides members the information and knowledge to better plan and execute their business.  Through its on-the-ground efforts in Washington DC, INDA provides members a strong voice within government on topics that affect the nonwovens industry.  For more information visit


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