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Cotton test method

Drieling A., Gourlot J.P.. 2012. In : Drieling Axel (ed.), Gourlot Jean-Paul (ed.). Commercial standardization of instrument testing of cotton with particular consideration of Africa : Final report of the project CFC/ICAC/33. Amsterdam : CFC, p. 69-72. (Technical Paper, 60).

For standardized instrument testing of cotton it is necessary to have a) a defined test method, which is given with ASTM D5867 in its latest version, b) suitable best practice information in addition to the test method, which will be covered in this chapter, c) valid calibration material, which is given with the Universal Calibration Materials provided by USDA-AMS, d) suitable inter-laboratory comparisons, which are given with the newly installed CSITC Round Trials. The best practice information should contain all relevant recommendations for testing and harmonised test results including sampling, calibration, testing conditions and testing. It should be based on the ASTM Standard Test Method as well as given guidelines and latest findings, and should combine this knowledge into one comprehensive guideline, valid for all commercially testing laboratories. As part of the CFC/ICAC/33 project, an according guideline, the Guideline for Standardized Instrument Testing of Cotton (CSITC Guideline) was created under the auspices of and approved by o the ICAC Task Force on Commercial Standardization of Instrument Testing of Cotton (CSITC Task Force) on March 21, 2012, in Bremen, Germany o the ITMF International Committee on Cotton Testing Methods (ICCTM) on March 20, 2012, in Bremen, Germany The guideline is currently translated to all ICAC languages (Arab, English, French, Russian, Spanish) as well as Chinese, and is published by ITMF as well as ICAC. The latest version is always available via, and websites. For being short and comprehensive and at the same time giving full information, the Guideline is given in two versions. Whereas the long version (44 pages) is giving all information, requirements and recommendations, the short version (18 pages) is reduced to the minimum requirements.

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