The CertiPUR-US foam certification program has approved its fourth testing laboratory for CertiPUR-US certification of flexible polyurethane foam for use in upholstered furniture and bedding.
Following a rigorous selection and approval process spanning more than two years, Enthalpy Analytical in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, has been approved by the Alliance for Flexible Polyurethane Foam’s CertiPUR-US board of directors to conduct the content analysis and emissions testing to determine if submitted foams meet the certification program’s requirements as outlined in the program’s Technical Guidelines.
Few labs have the equipment and capacity to do all the testing required, which is one of the conditions for being an approved lab.
“Enthalpy was thoroughly vetted by our board and our technical advisory group and, in addition to having the required equipment, had to pass round-robin testing with sample foams to show results matched results of other approved labs on identical foams,” said Michael Crowell, CertiPUR-US executive director.
Only one other lab that is approved for testing compliance with the CertiPUR-US program requirements is located in the U.S. Other labs are in Denmark and Germany. There are now four approved labs worldwide.
In addition to foam producers submitting foams for testing, the CertiPUR-US program uses the approved labs to conduct testing of foam samples acquired through random on-site foam production plant checks of participating producers.
“We are very pleased to welcome this highly regarded company with a solid reputation,” Crowell said. “Adding another U.S.-based testing facility provides more choices for the more than 90 foam producers participating in the program and certifying more than 200 foam families on an annual basis.”