The ICAC Task Force on CSITC was created after representatives of merchants and spinners agreed that an international agreement on the use of instrument based quality evaluation systems was needed to standardize quality test results.
The aim of the project, which was funded by the Common Fund for Commodities (CFC) and the European Union from December 2007 to March 2012, aimed to improve the integrity of worldwide cotton trade by establishing a reliable system of instrumental cotton characterisation, adoptable by all cotton producing countries, especially developing countries.
The ICAC Task Force on CSITC is conducting global CSITC Round Trials consisting of quarterly tests. All cotton fiber testing laboratories capable of measuring cotton samples with rapid testing instruments, often referred to as high volume instruments (HVI), and based on the Universal Calibration Cotton Standards for Micronaire, Upper-half mean length, Length uniformity index, Strength, Rd color, and +b color are encouraged to participate.