By Liz White, UT staffAlexandria, Virginia-Two US associations, the International Sleep Products Association (ISPA) and the Sleep Products Safety Council (SPSC), have applauded the open-flame mattress standard approved 16 Feb by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in a unanimous 3-0 vote. A statement from ISPA and SPSC said the new standard sets mandatory national fire performance criteria for all mattresses manufactured in the US or imported on or after 1 July 2007.CPSC's rule, Part 1633 sets a single standard for the entire country, the two groups stressed. We commend CPSC for their commitment to this critical initiative-after July 2007, the same national fire safety criteria will apply to mattresses sold in the US, regardless of where they are made," said Dick Doyle, ISPA President, in the statement. Mattress manufacturers are gearing up or already producing mattresses to meet this life-saving standard, and ISPA will continue to provide resources to help them comply," Doyle added. Both ISPA and the SPSC said they have long supported CPSC's efforts to establish a national open-flame standard that is science-based, effective and practical. The new standard will enhance product safety and result in mattresses that will meet consumer demand for comfort and support," commented SPSC executive director Pat Martin, also in the joint statement. The standard is largely based on regulations adopted early last year in California, and both the CPSC and California requirements are based on research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, as well as substantial input from mattress manufacturers, their suppliers, and the fire safety community, the statement continues. According to the CPSC's announcement on its approval of the standard, the regulation "will substantially reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from mattress fires."As well as applying to US-made mattresses, imported and renovated mattresses must also comply and the standard emphasises that mattress importers have significant obligations. They must maintain in the US test records and other documentation that foreign manufacturers must prepare showing compliance with the new standard."