BHMA® sponsors third-party certification of hardware products, a formal process to establish independently whether or not a company’s product meets specific criteria. Manufacturers are not required to be BHMA® members in order to certify.
Here are the steps manufacturers take to achieve certification for their products:
Participating manufacturers voluntarily submit a hardware product to independent laboratory testing to confirm that the product fully meets the criteria of its ANSI/BHMA standard. In-factory audits are conducted periodically to assure product compliance with the standard. Products unable to pass the auditing process face loss of certification. BHMA® serves as a "watchdog" over the BHMA Certified® products and fields questions regarding the appropriate use and misuse of product labeling. If you are unsure if a product is properly labeled, please view this infographic for guidance.
More resources for manufacturers considering certification:
Download “2012 BHMA Certified® Presentation” to gain a better understanding of the Certified program and the BHMA Certified® Mark.
The BHMA® video describes product testing and the importance of certification.
Download video: MP4 format