How to Certify Your Product

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.
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For complete listings of BHMA Certified® Products, view the BHMA Certified® Products Directory (CPD). The listings in this directory are performance-oriented standards having cycle, operational, strength, security, and finish test requirements.

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Get Certified

Participate in the BHMA® Certification Program by voluntarily submitting a hardware product to independent laboratory testing to confirm that it fully meets the criteria of the appropriate ANSI/BHMA® standard.  This industry-wide certification program does not call for a manufacturer to be a BHMA® member in order to certify its products.

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