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What is the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program?
The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program, administered by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) in partnership with the international research organization, Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), is an independent program created to scientifically test and identify consumer products that are more suitable for people with asthma and allergies. But that doesn’t mean Certified products are just for people with asthma and allergies.
Why is the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program Needed?
Americans spend an estimated $10 billion a year on non-medicinal, consumer products marketed for people with asthma and allergies such as vacuum cleaners, air cleaners, bedding, toys, flooring, and more. Often these products advertise a wide variety of features and benefits including suitability for those with asthma and allergies. Further, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tells us that indoor air can be 5-times more polluted than outdoor air.
This “polluted air” can consist of allergens and irritants like dust mites, pet dander, pollen, cockroach droppings, mold, VOC’s, chemicals, and more. So those allergens and irritants that can cause severe reactions for people with asthma and allergies, are also polluting the air in consumers’ homes who don’t have asthma or allergies. To put it simply, healthy people want healthy air.
The allergen-avoidance market continues to grow as a result of increased demand, but "currently there is little or no regulation governing claims".* Theasthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program was created with the mission to empower patients and consumers to make an informed purchase decision when choosing allergen-avoidance products. The Certification Program independently tests and identifies consumer products that are more suitable for the 60+ million people in the United States living with asthma and allergies.
*Source: Report of the Third International Workshop. JACI vol. 100: no.6, part 1.
What does the Certified asthma & allergy friendly® Mark mean?
When you see the distinctive asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Mark on a product, you know that it has been independently tested in accredited laboratories and proven to be more suitable for individuals with asthma and allergies. The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Program continues to grow and includes a variety of product categories identified by leading physicians and researchers as part of a comprehensive allergen reduction program for the home.
How can the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program help you?
The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program wants to work with you! Do you sell Certified products and want to tell your consumers? Are you unsure if you sell Certified products? Do you want to feature or sell Certified products on your website or in your store? Need information on asthma, allergies, or asthma & allergy friendly™ Certified Products?
For more resources, try checking out:
- Our list of Certified Products;
- Bert’s Blog™, who shares weekly tips, asthma and allergy news and resources, Q&As, newly certified products and services, and more;
- Information on asthma and allergies; and
- Other materials and resources for reducing allergens in the home.
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