Common Standards-Related Terms and Acronyms

Common Standards-Related Terms and Acronyms


  1. AAMA American Apparel Manufacturers Association
  2. AATCC American Association of Textile Chemists and Colorists
  3. AFMA American Fiber Manufacturers Association
  4. ANSI American National Standards Institute.
  5. ASTM American Society for Testing and Materials
  6. ASQ The American Society for Quality
  7. ATMA American Textile Machinery Association
  8. AWC American Wool Council
  9. AQL Acceptable Quality Level
  1. BEPZA Bangladesh Export processing Zone Authority
  2. BGMEA Bangladesh Garments Manufacturers & Exporters Association
  3. BJMC Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporation
  4. BJRI Bangladesh Jute Research Institute
  5. BKMEA Bangladesh Knitwear Manufacturers & Exporters Association
  6. BTMA Bangladesh Textile Mills Association
  7. BTMC Bangladesh Textile Mills Corporation
  8. BTUC Bangladesh Trade Union Centre
  1. CIM Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  2. CITA Committee to Implement Textile Agreements / U.S. Dept. of Commerce
  3. CPSC Consumer Product Safety Commission
  4. CRI Carpet & Rug Institute
  1. DISA Data Interchange Standards Association
  2. DOC U.S. Department of Commerce
  3. DOD U.S. Department of Defense
  1. EDI  Electronic Data Interchange
  2. EFTA European Free Trade Association
  3. EOTC European Organization for Testing & Certification
  4. EPA U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  5. EPCB Environment Pollution Control Board
  6. ERDA Energy Research & Development Agency
  7. EU European Union. Countries which join the EU will share common laws, regulations and standards. Member countries include: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.
  1. FASLINC Fabric and Suppliers Linkage Council
  2. FDIS The ISO acronym for Final Draft International Standard (sixth stage of development of an ISO standard).
  3. FOB Free On Board
  4. FTAA Free Trade Area of the Americas - A proposed trade area for the western hemisphere that would include Central, North and South America
  5. FTC U.S. Federal Trade Commission
  1. GATT General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade - GATT was the earliest world trading organization and has been replaced with the WTO.
  2. GDP Gross Domestic Product
  3. GNP Gross National Product
  4. GPQ Guideline for Production & Quality
  1. ICC International Chamber of Commerce
  2. IFAI Industrial Fabrics Association International
  3. ILO International Labor Organization
  4. ISO International Organization for Standardization
  5. ITMF International Textile Manufacturers Federation
  6. IWTO International Wool Textile Organization








  1. NADFD National Association of Decorative Fabric Distributors
  2. NAFTA North American Free Trade Agreement
  3. NAHM National Association of Hosiery Manufacturers
  4. NATSF North American Trilateral Standardization Forum
  5. NAUMD National Association of Uniform Manufacturers & Distributors - NAUMD is the U.S. national trade association of manufacturers and distributors of uniforms.
  6. NCC National Cotton Council of America
  7. NFPA National Fire Protection Association
  8. NIST National Institute of Standards & Technology / U.S. Dept. of Commerce
  9. NKSA National Knitwear and Sportswear Association












  1. TALC/SAFLINC Textile and Apparel Linkage Council and Sundries & Apparel Findings Linkage Council.
  2. TCATA Textile Care Allied Trades Association. TCATA is the U.S. national trade association of service organizations that clean textiles, apparel and home furnishings.
  3. TMB Textile Monitoring Body


  1. UCC Uniform Code Council
  2. UCP Uniform Customs & Practice
  3. UNDP United Nations Development Programme
  4. UNIDO United Nations International Development Organization 
  5. UPC Uniform Product Code
  6. USATISC U.S. Allied-Textile Industry Standards Coalition
  7. USTR United States Trade Representative







  1. WTO World Trade Organization - Trade organization, based in Geneva, Switzerland, that replaced GATT on January 1, 1995.
  2. WRAP Worldwide Responsible Accredited Production 
  3. WWW World Wide Web