Plymouth, Michigan. TÜV SÜD America is pleased to announce finalization of a new five-year agreement with IPEMA, the International Play Equipment Manufacturers Association, effective January 1, 2013, as the association's third-party testing/certification laboratory.
In the interest of public safety, IPEMA provides third-party Product Certification services for U.S. and Canadian public play equipment and safety surfacing materials. The services provide validation of a participant's certification of conformance to one or more of the standards referenced below.
- ASTM F1487 - Standard Consumer Safety Performance Specification for Playground Equipment for Public Use
- CAN/CSA-Z614 - Children's Play spaces and Equipment
- ASTM F1292 - Standard Specification for Impact Attenuation of Surface Systems Under and Around Playground Equipment
- ASTM F2075 - Standard Specification for Engineered Wood Fiber for Use as a Playground Safety Surface Under and Around Playground Equipment
Globally, the TÜV SÜD Group, with its more than 800 locations and over 17,000 employees, is also able to test, inspect, and certify children's products to regulatory requirements wherever these products are produced worldwide.
"My staff and I are pleased to continue our relationship with IPEMA in ensuring and maintaining safe, compliant, and quality products for the U.S. and Canadian markets. We are very proud of our 15+ year relationship with IPEMA and look forward to working with current President, Randy Watermiller, and President Elect, Richard Hawley, on future growth and development of new opportunities within this market segment," stated Keith Shelton, Manager of Certification, Playgrounds and Children's Products at TÜV SÜD America.
"Our contract extension with TÜV SÜD America is a positive reflection of our satisfaction with TÜV SÜD's performance and active participation with our program," stated Randy Watermiller, IPEMA President. "We look forward to continuing this productive relationship for the greater good of providing compliant playground equipment and surfacing materials."
For more information, contact:
National Sales Manager, Testing
TÜV SÜD America Inc.
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Lisa Van Dorpe
Brand and Marketing Associate
TÜV SÜD America Inc.
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.