CSITC Round Trials
Helping Standardize Cotton Instrument Testing Worldwide
What are CSITC Round Trials?
The ICAC Task Force on Commercial Standardization of Instrument Testing of Cotton (CSITC) conducts quarterly round trials to help establish international standardization of cotton classification based on the Universal Calibration Cotton Standards in order to promote efficiency in cotton production and marketing. All cotton testing centers around the world are encouraged to participate to ensure that their cotton testing results using Uster HVI equipment and other testing instruments are on the same level of accuracy as other test centers.
How do CSITC Round Trials differ from other cotton round trials?
With 4 samples per Round Trial, and 30 tests per sample on each participating instrument, CSITC Round Trials are based on intense testing in every lab, so that a reliable and meaningful analysis can be given, illuminating the accuracy of the results as well as the precision. Typically, each instrument is compared to more than 130 other instruments. The joint Round Trial realization by USDA-AMS and Bremen Fiber Institute, hosted by ICAC, assures professionalism and impartiality.