What is ASSURE CERTIFIED™ for Rigid Core Flooring?
ASSURE CERTIFIED™ was conceived and developed by the Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) as a way to establish uniform standards of quality for all rigid core luxury vinyl flooring products sold in North America; regardless of where they are manufactured. ASSURE CERTIFIED™ standards apply to WPC or SPC construction. Rigid core luxury vinyl products that carry the ASSURE CERTIFIED™ badge have been tested and certified by SCS Global, an international leader in third-party certification and standards development. You can be assured that this rigid core luxury vinyl product has been manufactured to the highest standards and meets all the ASSURE CERTIFIED™ requirements for indoor air quality, rigorous performance, and free of heavy metals content and ortho-phthalates.
Why is ASSURE CERTIFIED™ for Rigid Core Flooring important?
Rigid core luxury vinyl flooring is North America’s fastest growing segment of resilient flooring. Because so many manufacturers are entering the market to capitalize on this popularity, RFCI, in partnership with member manufacturers and SCS Global, have determined uniform quality standards to ensure continued consumer confidence, trust and satisfaction with rigid core flooring solutions for homes or businesses.
ASSURE CERTIFIEDTM Product Compliance
Product certification is met upon completion of the following requirements for both quality assurance,testing, and a satisfactory on-site audit of the manufacturing facility.
Manufacturer has a quality control procedure to control material suppliers, product traceability, chain of custody, internal QC testing, segregation of non-conforming products/materials.
An on-site audit has been conducted of the manufacturing facility and confirmed compliant quality control procedures, material inputs, and scope of products intended for certification*.
*If previous onsite internal audits have been conducted through FloorScore® certification program for the manufacturing facility, and continued conformance is met, the onsite audit requirement is waived.
ASSURE CERTIFIEDTM Requirements
Indoor Air Quality Compliant
Must comply with CDPH Standard Method v1.2 testing and meet the concentration limits of ½ the corresponding CREL in Appendix C when a product is modeled as flooring for both the classroom and private office scenarios. (See Appendix C for target list of VOCs and concentration limits.)
Must meet ASTM F3261-17 Characteristics testing for composition, size. Tolerance, product thickness, and wear layer thickness. (See Appendix B for testing parameters.)
Heavy Metals Free
Must be tested for lead, hexavalent chromium, cadmium, and mercury per test method EPA SW 846 Method 3052 and not exceed the limits of 100 PPM by combined weight. Additionally, Manufacturers attest that neither lead, mercury, cadmium, and hexavalent chromium were intentionally added to the product in the manufacturing process.
Must be tested per CPSC-CH-C1001-09.4 or GB/T 22048-2008. Products cannot exceed 1,000 PPM for individual or total ortho-phthalates.