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. This video describes product testing and the importance of certification.
Here are the steps manufacturers take to achieve certification for their products. Click here to view this infographic in a separate window and/or to download.
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.