How to Certify
BHMA Product Certification Program
BHMA sponsors third-party certification of hardware products. Third-party certification is a formal process for independently verifying that a product meets specific requirements or criteria.
Are you interested in BHMA certification of your company's products?
- Application for Certification, License Agreement and Program Manual also known as the 'Operational Manual' provides details including:
-the labs that will conduct testing
-the ANSI/BHMA standards with certification programs
-the agreement to sign when your company's products are ready to be certified
Under the BHMA-sponsored certification program, 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 of the product are conducted periodically to assure that product comply to the standard. Products unable to pass the auditing process face loss of certification.
- Download “2012 BHMA Certified Presentation” (PowerPoint presentation) to gain a better understanding of the Certified program and the BHMA Certified Mark.
What are the 'Steps to Certification' of your hardware?
How can I tell?
BHMA's new video describes product testing and the importance of certification.
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Product Categories Offering BHMA Certification
Currently the BHMA-sponsored certification program covers the following categories of builders hardware. The categories and the ANSI/BHMA standards to which they are tested are as follows:
A-Butts & Hinges (A156.1), Hinge Templates (A156.7), Self Closing Hinges (A156.17),
Strap & Tee Hinges (156.20), Continuous Hinges (A156.26)
B-Cabinet Hardware (A156.9), Auxiliary Hardware (A156.16)
D-Sliding & Folding (A156.14)
C-Closers (A156.4), Stops & Holders (A156.8), Release Devices (A156.15)
E-Auxiliary Locks (A156.5), Cabinet Locks (A156.11), Electromagnetic (A156.23), Exit Locks, Hi Security Cylinders (A156.30) Electric Strikes (A156.31), Auxiliary Locks (A156.36), Residential Locksets & Latches (A156.39), Residential Deadbolts (A156.40)
F-Locks & Latches (A156.2), Interconnected (A156.12), Mortise Locks (A156.13), Electrified Locks (A156.25), Multipoint Locks (A156.37), Residential Locksets & Latches (A156.39), Residential Deadbolts (A156.40)
G-Exit Devices (A156.3), Delayed Egress (A156.24), Exit Locks, Alarms (A156.29)
J- Architectural Trim (A156.6), Thresholds (A156.21), Gasketing (A156.22), Egress Marking (A156.35)
P- Low Energy Doors (A156.19), Revolving Doors (A156.27), Low Energy Power Operateed Sliding and Folding Doors (A156.38)
All sections-Materials & Finishes (A156.18)
BHMA publishes an annual directory of all BHMA certified hardware products. Browse the 2016 BHMA Certified Products Directory.
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