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Medical Textiles Testing

Bombay Textile Research Association (BTRA) has been in the forefront of Textile Research, Consultancy, Testing of Textiles and Training for more than five decades. During this period, BTRA has always been pioneer in all frontier areas of Textiles. Likewise, BTRA is the first Textile Laboratory to set up a modern Microbiological Test facility and get the facility accredited for ISO 17025-2005. With this facility, BTRA can now claim to be a one stop shop for Medical Textiles evaluation.

Medical textiles can be categorised into the following:

  • Protective and Healthcare Textiles -
    Surgical Wear, Operation Dresses, Staff Uniforms, etc.
  • External Devices -
    Wound Dressings, Bandages, Pressures Gauze, Prosthetic Aids, etc.
  • Implantable Materials -
    Sutures, Vascular Grafts and Artificial Limbs are the products where textiles are used.
  • Hygiene Products -
    Incontinence pads, Nappies, Tampons, Sanitary Towels, etc.
  • Extracorporeal Devices -
    Artificial Liver, Artificial Kidneys, and Artificial Lung are the recent advances in Medical Textiles.

Whatever may be the products, the efficacy and suitability of these products need to be evaluated. Laboratory evaluation, before the products are put to use, become an essential pre-requisite. This evaluation can be accomplished by testing the products behaviour against various microbiological organisms. Most of these products are used as infection control or barrier materials. It is absolutely necessary that the products be evaluated for the resistance to the microbes. At BTRA, we conduct various tests for the Textiles to evaluate their characteristics in terms of their resistance to the common microbes.


The Director,
The Bombay Textile Research Association,
Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Ghatkopar (W),
Mumbai – 400 086
Tel. – 2500 3651 / Fax – 2500 0459