ICPA Begins Process for Developing Surface Standard

by WOHe

ICPA Begins Process for Developing Surface
Standard

McLean, VA – The International Cast Polymer
Association has initiated a formal review and balloting for an
ANSI-approved national standard for solid surface products, the
trade association announced.

Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a
standards developer last December, the ICPA, based here, said it is
currently in the process of developing a national guideline
pertaining to the structure, water resistance, colorfastness, stain
resistance, cleanability, workmanship and finish of solid surface
countertop materials.

The ICPA said it has contacted 14 manufacturers, 13 users and 11
general-interest representatives, including the International Solid
Surface Fabricators Association (ISSFA), to solicit input on the
standard.

However, the Henderson, NV-based ISSFA, which represents some 800
solid surface fabricators, recently pre-empted the ICPA’s effort,
and released its own definition and performance standard for solid
surface materials.

The standard, according to the ISSFA, is based on nearly two years
of work by the association’s specifications committee, which
included representatives from five national solid surface
manufacturers, as well as fabricators and technical experts. The
ISSFA standard has not, however, been recognized by ANSI, an
independent body which provides administrative oversight of
national product standards.

The ICPA – which represents manufacturers, suppliers, fabricators,
and installers of cultured marble and solid surface products used
in the kitchen and bath industry – said it first began work on a
standard for solid surface materials in 1990.

“The development of a national standard will establish a common
definition for the benefit of manufacturers, fabricators,
architects, specifiers, consumers and others in the growing solid
surface marketplace,” the association said.

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