Standardization of the vocabulary related to colour measurement, the measurement methods (visual or instrumental) of all aspects of textiles related to coloration, the calculation of colour differences, the product specifications intended for colour fastness assessments and for adjacent fabrics, the testing methods for colour fastness to any conditions, and colorant (dyes and pigments) characteristics.

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Published ISO standards *


ISO standard under development *

Participating members
Observing members

* number includes updates

Reference Title Type
ISO/TC 38/SC 1/WG 1   Light and weathering Working group
ISO/TC 38/SC 1/WG 2   Washing Working group
ISO/TC 38/SC 1/WG 5   Adjacent fabrics Working group
ISO/TC 38/SC 1/WG 13   Miscellaneous technical projects Working group
Liaison Committees to ISO/TC 38/SC 1

The committees below can access the documents of ISO/TC 38/SC 1:

Reference Title ISO/IEC
IEC/SC 59D Performance of household and similar electrical laundry appliances IEC
IEC/TC 78 Live working IEC
ISO/TC 91 Surface active agents ISO
ISO/TC 120 Leather ISO
ISO/TC 189 Ceramic tile ISO
ISO/TC 219 Floor coverings ISO


Organizations in liaison (Category A and B)
Acronym Title Category
AATCC American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists A
AISE International Association for Soaps, Detergent and Maintenance Products A
CIE International Commission on Illumination A
CINET International Committee of Textile Care A
ECE European Colourfastness Establishment A
IULTCS International Union of Leather Technologists and Chemists Societies A

ISO/TC 38/SC 1 - Secretariat

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