Fabric testing methods are designed as standard testing procedures with a purpose to help the textile industry and apparel industry monitor quality. The fabric testing methods allow clothing manufacturers to follow uniformed test procedures to evaluate fabric, textiles, and apparel in a consistent manner. Utilizing pre-determined testing methods for conducting tests, is the only way to maintain a consistent and level playing field in regard to the testing of textiles. Fabric can be tested in a factories own internal lab or with an independent testing laboratory. Typically, a retailer will require that testing be conducted at a third party laboratory so that factories are not tempted to manipulate the testing results. In addition to avoiding test altering, using a qualified third party lab will help insure that the "proper" fabric testing method are used.