Another ASTM standard on odours is recently baked and now is available for download. Odour control is one of the top performance criteria in a variety of disposable absorbent hygiene articles, including nappies, adult incontinence products, feminine care products, and pet pads. Additionally, odours of the unused product themselves are often a concern of the consumer. Regardless of the specific product and its application, there are common sample preparation and sensory assessment techniques that may be employed to test product odours and malodour control performance.
Currently, there is no standard for this testing. This standard can be used by product developers and material suppliers to test and understand material/product odours as well as the odour control effectiveness of these materials and final products.