How to Certify a Foam
If you are a foam producer that is interested in certifying flexible polyurethane foam (either slabstock or molded), start by reading the appropriate Technical Guidelines pictured and downloadable on this page. The only difference in the criteria for certification of slabstock and molded foam is the sample size required for evaluation, and the packaging of the sample to be sent to the testing laboratories for analysis. Some molded foam producers may need to create a new mold to accommodate the proper sample size.
CertiPUR-US® certification is open to all manufacturers of slabstock or molded flexible polyurethane foam. Companies need to submit an application, lab test results, production line photographs, and affidavits and declarations on prohibited substances. Certain conditions and limitations apply. For information about fees, contact Mike Crowell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Each CertiPUR-US® registration covers only a specific class of flexible polyurethane foam manufactured with the same raw materials. The categories are:
- Conventional foams
- Conventional FR foams (sharing the same flame-retardant package)
- High resilience foams
- Molded foams
- Super-soft (low density/low index) conventional foams – 25% IFD ≤ 15 lbs. (65 N) and density ≤ 1.5 lbs/ft3 (24 kg/m3)
- Viscoelastic (memory) foams
- Viscoelastic (memory) foams with gel
- Branded foams (any of the categories above with an exclusive brand name)
- Other foams, subject to approval by program administrators
From start to finish, the certification process takes about 60 days, including 21-30 days for analytical testing.
Once Foam is Certified
Once a foam producer has completed the certification process for a foam family, the company will be added to our page of registered foam producers and an individual web page for your company with your logo, website, contacts and proof-of-certification will be created.
Certified foams must by re-certified every six months for the first year, and annually thereafter.
AFPF conducts random on-site foam production plant checks of participating producers. Samples of certified foams are subjected to chemical and physical testing at independent laboratories to verify that they comply with all CertiPUR-US® Technical Guidelines.
What Your Customers Need to Know
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