Knoxville, Tennessee - CertiPUR-US is off to a great start, according to the Alliance for Flexible Polyurethane Foam Inc. (AFPF) and the PFA (the US Polyurethane Foam Association).
AFPF said 14 flexible polyurethane foam (FPF) product groups are registered in the charter programme for the scheme, which gives foam buyers assurance of the quality of the material they are purchasing.
A number of 'Supporting Technology' suppliers are on board, getting the US version of the European flexible foam certification scheme "off to a promising start," an AFPF statement said.
CertiPUR-US, officially launched at the Spring PFA meeting in Baltimore, was seeded by the PFA but has been made independent by using the AFPF grouping to run it, with a separate board of directors and an advisory panel of multi-interest stakeholders. PFA executive director Bob Luedeka will fulfil this role for AFPF until workload and cash flow permit retaining a full-time manager.
Applications for certification are beginning to arrive at the AFPF offices and others are expected, a 2 July AFPF statement said.
CertiPUR-US is a voluntary testing, analysis and certification programme developed by the global flexible polyurethane foam industry in response to an increase in the volume of substandard foams coming into the US market, said the AFPF.
Under the CertiPUR-US scheme, foams are tested for basic performance properties and checked for restricted content and emissions. The scheme "will help differentiate complying products from substandard foams, address topical consumer issues and demonstrate a company's commitment to environmental stewardship," AFPF commented.
"Once participating foam manufacturers have their certifications in place, we'll begin to roll out the CertiPUR-US message to furniture and bedding manufacturers and to major retailers," said the association.
Then, if participation from foam manufacturer and supplier remains strong, a trial consumer advertising programme could launch in the first quarter of 2009, the group added.