How rigorous is the testing process?
ALS is the foremost authority in identifying products that are safer and healthier for people affected by asthma and allergies. ALS does not accept paper-based evaluations of manufacturer data. Each standard is written and approved by a medical and scientific advisory committee using best-in-class data. Each product is required to be tested at an independent approved laboratory facility in compliance-controlled chambers using live biological agents by a team of scientists. Other important factors such as comfort physiology and physical performance to ensure the product can withstand the necessary cleaning recommendations, are taken into consideration.
How long does the Certification Process take?
Depending on the type of product being tested the process timeline varies. On average the testing phase usually takes about 12 weeks and the total application and certification process takes 5 months.
How long will my product be certified?
After achieving certification, the product will remain certified for as long as the contract is valid. To ensure that each product remains eligible, products will be subject to audit and compliance reviews.
Are there any restrictions on how I can use the logo or promote the product?
Using the certification mark is strongly encouraged as long as brands comply with the Brand Manual and Licensing Agreement, which will also specify which countries/geographies are approved. Speak with an account executive to learn more.
How is this different from ‘eco-friendly’ and ‘sustainability’ Certifications?
The certification mark focuses solely on a product’s impact to human health and not on areas such as energy efficiency and environmental protection. Consumers are growing more concerned about what’s better for their health, their family and their home and not just sustainability and eco-focused.
What’s different about products that are Certified asthma and allergy friendly?
Products that are certified asthma and allergy friendly go beyond just helping people with asthma or allergies. Certified products limit exposure to toxic chemicals and contribute toward a healthier home environment, and air quality.
Can Certification help manufacturers and retailers with allergy claim validation?
The marketplace is full of misleading claims on product packing making it difficult for consumers to choose products that are better choices. ALS created this Certification Program to help consumers identify products, but also help manufactures validate their allergy-related marketing claims.
What types of products and services have received certification to date?
Air cleaners, Air Filters, Bedding, Cleaning Products, De-Humidifiers, Flooring, Humidifiers, Insulation, Laundry (i.e., washing machines and dryers), Paint, Professional Cleaning Services, Toys, Vacuum Cleaners. Watch for additional categories as they are added.