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ASTM G21 – Antifungal Test

ASTM G21 is a standard antifungal product test for determining fungal resistance of plastics and polymeric materials.

Fungal growth can proliferate on a variety of materialsSynthetic polymers are generally resistant to fungi, but the additives  (such as colorants, stabilizers, and plasticizers) used in the polymer may not be. These additives may contribute to fungal growth and unsightly conditions.

Products made of plastics and foam are commonly tested with ASTM G21 but the method can also be used for wide range of other materials and products.

ASTM G21 is useful for interior products including vinyl, foam, gaskets, and rubber and is often used for materials in plumbing, baths, and bedding.  ASTM G21 is also used for outdoor products such as siding, shingles, pool covers, marine plastics, fishing and boating gear, footwear, sporting goods and polymeric coatings.

ASTM G21 consists of exposing plastics and other materials to a fungal inoculum over 28 days of testing.  A mixed fungal inoculum is standard, but individual fungi can be requested as an alternative.

The ASTM G21 test method challenges materials with a wide variety of fungal species, ranging from common environmental fungi to agricultural pathogens and even antibacterial compound producing fungi, all of which have different growth requirements and enzymatic properties.

As a product test laboratory, Situ Biosciences offers a range of antifungal and antibacterial tests for quality control testing, antimicrobial performance, and product development.

For more information about ASTM G21 testing, antimicrobial testing, and other test options for anti-fungal products, contact our antimicrobial lab at 847-483-9950 or info@situtest.com.