Brussels - The Polyurethane Foam Association (PFA) in the US has announced the launch of its own safety label - CertiPUR-US - for early 2008: the move follows the success in Europe of the CertiPUR safety, health and environment (SHE) standard for polyurethane foam introduced by Europur in 2005.
Since its introduction two years ago at the Milan Furniture Fair by Europur -the European association for makers of flexible block foam - CertiPUR has attracted 30 foam manufacturers, with several more in the pipeline, said a 28 Nov statement from the association.
Companies across Europe have become accredited under the scheme and the label has become recognised by furniture producers as representing responsible production and consumer safety.
CertiPUR covers flexible polyurethane foams used for bedding and in upholstered furniture, for example car seats, furniture, and mattresses. The CertiPUR application process is rigorous, with testing carried out by accredited independent laboratories, said Europur.
"They say that imitation is the highest form of flattery and CertiPUR is certainly setting the example worldwide. With 30 companies now on board, the benefits of accreditation for foam manufacturers are convincing," commented Europur secretary general Hubert Creyf, in the statement.
Europur has also launched a new website, with an in-depth section on CertiPUR. The US scheme is closely modelled on the European one, with some minor variations.