Antimicrobial Testing Goes on the Road

IAC Launches New Mobile Training Center

The International Antimicrobial Council (IAC) is going mobile, literally. The IAC is taking it to the streets with its new Mobile Training Center. First stop is the IFAI Expo in Charlotte, NC, October 19-21, where the new Mobile Training Center will be part of the IFAI Expo Testing Program of which IAC is a sponsor. 

The IAC Mobile Training Center is housed in a 40-foot customized RV. The layout includes laboratory space to demonstrate antimicrobial test procedures and perform basic odor testing as well as a separate conference area for meetings and classroom style training.

“The Mobile Training Center is one way that the IAC is raising the awareness of how antimicrobials are being used responsibly to control microbial growth in everyday products. It also is being used to promote the use of uniform test procedures among testing laboratories, provide on-site certification services for laboratories, and detect the presence of antimicrobials in real time,” says Jim Krueger, Co-Founder and Managing Director of the IAC.  “The IFAI Expo is the perfect place to debut this new service. IFAI attendees know how important independent assessments are for proving performance and ensuring that products deliver the intended benefits to customers.”

IFAI Expo attendees will also get the opportunity to suggest a name for the new Mobile Training Center. The IAC will host a contest and select the winning name at the show. In addition, IFAI Expo attendees will receive a coupon good for a free fabric odor test at the IAC’s booth in the Testing Demo Area on the show floor.

After IFAI Expo, the IAC Mobile Training Center will roll on down the highway to visit several textile and apparel companies in North Carolina that are IAC members.

The IAC is committed to improving the consistency and reproducibility of antimicrobial test results to assist companies with effective product development. The IAC Certified Lab Program trains lab personnel to select the most appropriate standards and test methods for particular antimicrobial and substrate applications. The IAC also instructs technicians in the use of uniform testing techniques and reporting protocol in compliance with industry and international standards.  The IAC Test Verification Program confirms that these recommended best practices are used and provides an IAC Verification number for every test series that adheres to the program. By encouraging better test method consistency within and across laboratories, the IAC intends to increase confidence in antimicrobial and odor control technologies.

For an appointment to see the IAC Mobile Training Center at IFAI, contact Jim Krueger at jwk@amcouncil.org.

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