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Flammability Test

The Flammability test procedure evaluates the flammability of medical textiles including face masks, surgical gowns, and drapes. The test method is designed to comply with 16 CFR Part 1610. This test is required by the ASTM F2100 (Standard Specification for Performance of Materials Used in Medical Face Masks) to ensure that all face masks meet the requirements for Class 1 flammability. Testing is also required for 510(k) submissions to the FDA. In addition to the Flammability test, Nelson Labs can perform all ASTM F2100 testing.

Applicable Standards

  • 16 CFR Part 1610
  • ASTM F2100

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Study Outline

The Flammability test determines the time of flame spread for the given material. All fabrics of natural or regenerated cellulose, as well as certain types of finished and unfinished fabrics made from other natural or synthetic fibers, are combustible. Some combustible fabrics are potentially dangerous to the wearer because of the speed and intensity of flame with which these fabrics burn and their ease of ignition.

Recommended replicates: The standard 16 CFR 1610 requires 5 – 10 samples be tested depending on whether there is a flame spread; 4 additional samples are required for preliminary testing.

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