Standardization of:

  • fibres, yarns, threads, cords, rope, cloth and other fabricated textile materials; and the methods of test, terminology and definitions relating thereto;
  • textile industry raw materials, auxiliaries and chemical products required for processing and testing;
  • specifications for textile products.

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published ISO standards *

related to the TC and its SCs

of which 136 under the direct responsibility of ISO/TC 38


ISO standards under development *

related to the TC and its SCs

of which 48 under the direct responsibility of ISO/TC 38


Participating members


Observing members

* number includes updates

Reference Title Type
ISO/TC 38/SC 1 Tests for coloured textiles and colorants Sub committee
ISO/TC 38/SC 2 Cleansing, finishing and water resistance tests Sub committee
ISO/TC 38/SC 20 Fabric descriptions [STANDBY] Sub committee
ISO/TC 38/SC 23 Fibres and yarns Sub committee
ISO/TC 38/SC 24 Conditioning atmospheres and physical tests for textile fabrics Sub committee
ISO/TC 38/CAG Chairman advisory group Working group
ISO/TC 38/JWG 26 Joint ISO/TC 38 - IEC/TC 101 WG: Antistatic Working group
ISO/TC 38/WG 9 Nonwovens Working group
ISO/TC 38/WG 21 Ropes, cordage, slings and netting Working group
ISO/TC 38/WG 22 Composition and chemical testing Working group
ISO/TC 38/WG 23 Testing methods for antimicrobial activity and odour Working group
ISO/TC 38/WG 27 Fabric properties relating to moisture Working group
ISO/TC 38/WG 29 Tests for anti house dust mite Working group
ISO/TC 38/WG 30 Tests for Biodegradability Working group
ISO/TC 38/WG 31 Natural material for textiles Working group
ISO/TC 38/WG 32 Smart textiles Working group
Liaison Committees to ISO/TC 38

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

Reference Title ISO/IEC
IEC/TC 101 Electrostatics IEC
ISO/TC 8/SC 4 Outfitting and deck machinery ISO
ISO/TC 61/SC 5 Physical-chemical properties ISO
ISO/TC 67/SC 7 Offshore structures ISO
ISO/TC 133 Clothing sizing systems - size designation, size measurement methods and digital fittings ISO
ISO/TC 137 Footwear sizing designations and marking systems ISO
Liaison Committees from ISO/TC 38

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

Reference Title ISO/IEC
IEC/TC 124 Wearable electronic devices and technologies IEC
ISO/TC 45/SC 4 Products (other than hoses) ISO
ISO/TC 67/SC 7 Offshore structures ISO
ISO/TC 94/SC 13 Protective clothing ISO
ISO/TC 133 Clothing sizing systems - size designation, size measurement methods and digital fittings ISO
ISO/TC 216 Footwear ISO
Organizations in liaison (Category A and B)
Acronym Title Category
BISFA International Bureau for the Standardisation of Man-Made Fibres A
CINET International Committee of Textile Care A
EC - European Commission European Commission A
EDANA European Disposables and Nonwovens Association - EDANA A
ETSA European Textile Services Association A
EURATEX European Apparel and Textile Confederation A
IWTO International Wool Textile Organization A
TWC The Woolmark Company A

ISO/TC 38 - Secretariat

SAC China
Standardization Administration of China
No. 9 Madian Donglu, Haidian District
Beijing 100088

Tel: +8610 8226 2644
Fax: +8610 8226 0660

Secretariat direct:
Mr Yong Xu
Tel: +86-510-86121888
Fax: +86-510-86121188

ISO/TC 38 - Twinned Secretariat

JISC Japan
Japanese Industrial Standards Committee
Technical Regulations, Standards & Conformity Assessment Policy Unit
Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry
1-3-1, Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda-ku
Tokyo 100 - 8901

Tel: +81 3 35 01 94 71
Fax: +81 3 35 80 86 37

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