Plymouth, Michigan - July 19, 2017. TÜV SÜD America is pleased to announce the renewed service agreement with IPEMA, the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association, as the association’s third-party testing/certification laboratory. For over 20 years, TÜV SÜD and IPEMA have served the playground equipment industry to ensure the safety of children in the U.S. and Canada. In the interest of public safety, IPEMA provides third-party Product Certification services for U.S. and Canadian public play equipment and U.S. public play surfacing materials. The services provide for the validation of a participant’s certification of conformance to one of the standards referenced below. Both programs are administered by TÜV SÜD America.
- ASTM F1487-11, excluding sections 7.1.1, 10, 12.6.1, 13.2 and 13.3 - Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public use
- CAN/CSA-Z614-14 excluding clauses 9.8, 10, and 11 - Children’s Play spaces and Equipment
- ASTM F1292-17 - Standard Specification for Impact Attenuation of Surface Systems Under and Around Playground Equipment
- ASTM F2075-15- Standard Specification for Engineered Wood Fiber for Use as a Playground Safety Surface Under and Around Playground Equipment
- ASTM F3012-14 - Standard for Loose-Fill Rubber for Use as a Playground Safety Surface Under and Around Playground Equipment
Globally, the TÜV SÜD Group, with its more than 850 locations and over 24,000 employees, can test, inspect, and certify children's products to regulatory requirements wherever these products are produced worldwide.
“We are pleased to continue our relationship with IPEMA, as TÜV SÜD is the sole provider of IPEMA certification,” stated David Splane, Regional Manager, TÜV SÜD Product Safety Certification. “Our job is to help maintain safe, compliant, and quality products for the U.S. and Canadian markets.”
About TÜV SÜD Group
TÜV SÜD is a major international service group operating in the INDUSTRY, MOBILITY, and CERTIFICATION business segments. With 17,000 staff, we are represented at over 800 locations worldwide. Our teams of specialists are engaged in optimizing technology, systems, and know-how, and thus act as process partners, enhancing the competitive strength of our customers throughout the world.
About TÜV SÜD America Inc.
TÜV SÜD America Inc., a subsidiary of TÜV SÜD AG, is a leading globally recognized testing and certification organization. TÜV SÜD's Product Service Division offers international safety testing and certification services. With over 600 experts in North America, TÜV SÜD offers America NRTL and SCC-Accredited Certification, CB Scheme Certification, Field Evaluations, SEMI Evaluations, and other Industrial Machinery Services. Additional services include Restricted Substances, CE Marking assistance, International Compliance, EMC/Environmental Testing, and Quality Management System Certification. TÜV SÜD also provides CE Marking assistance for the European market, Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC), Electrical & Mechanical testing, and many additional global conformity assessment services that help companies gain product compliance in order to enter individual country markets. For more information, visit www.tuv-sud-america.com.