ABL test method

EDANA and its member companies support the ISO 16021 position that the freedom from product leakage is the most important factor when evaluating the best incontinence products for use. As a result, the industry has developed a new user-centred approach to test the absorbency of incontinence products, to replace the previous material-promoting measurements.

The new EDANA-recommended method (NWSP 354.0.R1 (15)) is a laboratory test designed to give results as close as possible to in-use-reality, assessing the product’s capacity and speed to absorb, and includes a situation where a wearer may be laying down or bedridden - elements which are not reflected in the current ISO 11948 standard.

EDANA and its members believe that the three most important elements to the positive management of incontinence can best be managed by focusing on three areas: evaluation, selection and access to products.

With this improved ABL test method, healthcare professionals will have a foundation to select and prescribe a better product, targeted to address the needs of every incontinence sufferer to better meet the challenge of incontinence.

The new test method covers the evaluation of the performance of incontinence products for moderate and severe incontinence and has been validated for all-in-one type of briefs (from XS to S, M, L and XL) and to two-piece products (pads together with fixation pant.

Companies involved in the development of the new test were Abena, Arbora & Ausonia, Attends Healthcare, Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Laboratorios Indas, Ontex, Paul Hartmann, and SCA.

The test is available free of charge to members of the Association, or for purchase here, or by contacting Delphine Rens at EDANA on marcela.cuni@edana.org.
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