CPA Grademark Certification Program
CPA Grademark Certification Program (GM Program) requires that products be third-party certified, and periodically inspected and tested for compliance to government regulations or voluntary product standards. The GM Program also requires that a mill’s quality control system meet strict criteria for personnel, procedures, and facilities.
GM Program places a premium on in-plant quality control programs affecting personnel, laboratory techniques, and recordkeeping. Each program has a quality assurance manual that contains the procedures for conducting the necessary work. The CPA audits the mills periodically for its capability and competence to conduct the necessary work of the program.
How to Apply
The first step in the GM Program application procedure is submission of completed application and license agreement forms. Its purpose is to enable CPA to judge the eligibility of the applicant’s product(s) for third-party certification. CPA will decide within 90 days of receipt of the application and license agreement.
The appropriate application and license agreement (depending on the certification program) should be submitted to:
Connie Klinkam at (703) 724-1128 x296
If the applicant is found to be eligible, they will be sent the corresponding quality assurance manual (QAM). Fee schedule is also available upon request. The applicant will be also provided additional documents regarding regulations, standards, and/or specifications of the certification program.
These are the general steps in the CPA certification process:
Submission of application and license agreement.
Submission of quality control manual and unit tag.
Applicant must submit its quality control manual that describes how its personnel, facility and process will meet the requirements of the regulations, standards, specifications, etc.
Initial onsite inspection and sample selection (if required).
Inspector visit to witness the personnel, facility and testing process. Sample selection only applies to the HCHO, PMP and EWST Programs.
Testing of product to be certified (if applicable).
HCHO and PMP samples are sent to ITC and EWST samples to Element for testing.
CPA staff will review all information and results related to onsite inspection and testing.
Certification decision and documentation.
Based on the inspection, testing result and review by CPA staff, CPA will notify applicant of the decision to approve or disapprove the application. If approved, certification documentation will be provided to applicant.
Depending on the certification program, surveillance activities will be initiated on products covered by the scope of certification. Monthly inspections and quarterly sample selection in the HCHO Program. Quarterly inspections and sample selection in the PMP and EWST Programs. Annual inspections in the ECC Program.
Eco-Certified CompositeTM (ECC) Grademark Certification Program
The CPA 4-11 Eco-Certified CompositeTM (ECC) Sustainability Standard is the voluntary industry standard for manufacturers of composite wood or agrifiber-based panels, as well as finished products (including components and laminated panels) made with particleboard, medium density fiberboard (MDF), hardboard, engineered wood siding and engineered wood trim. The standard focuses on life cycle inventory and other verifiable environmental practices and highlights the responsible use of wood fiber by composite panel manufacturers. The basis of the standard includes the CPA Carbon Calculator, a tool developed by a third-party expert to assess the life cycle and carbon footprint of composite panels made at a particular manufacturing plant.
Formaldehyde Emissions Grademark Certification Program
The CPA Formaldehyde Emissions Grademark Certification Program (HCHO Program) has been developed to provide independent certification of formaldehyde emission levels from wood panel products. The HCHO Program includes requirements for initial qualification for product certification, plant quality control procedures and periodic inspections by CPA--all designed to reasonably assure that certified unfinished (including sanded) composite panel products meet the emission limits specified in applicable regulations (e.g. EPA TSCA Title VI, CARB ATCM 93120, CAN/CSA-0160-16) or standards (e.g. ANSI A208.1 Particleboard, ANSI A208.2 Medium Density Fiberboard for Interior Applications and ANSI/HPVAHP-1-2016 Hardwood and Decorative Plywood).
Although the HCHO Program was originally developed in response to, and designed to meet, the certification requirements of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards, 24 C.F.R. Part 3280, it can be used to certify conformance of different types of panel products to different government regulations or voluntary industry standards which CPA decides to include in the HCHO Program.
Engineered Wood Siding and Trim Grademark Certification Program
The CPA Engineered Wood Siding and Trim Grademark Certification Program (EWST Program) objectives are to maintain the quality of production of the industry and to provide a means by which the public can have greater assurance of obtaining a dependable product adequate for its needs. The EWST Program involves the licensing of producers of engineered wood siding and trim to use the "CPA certified" logo in connection with those products that are tested by an independent testing laboratory and found to meet at least the requirements in ANSI A135.6 Engineered Wood Siding, ANSI A135.7 Engineered Wood Trim, and building or residential codes.
Physical and Mechanical Properties Grademark Certification Program
The CPA Physical and Mechanical Properties Grademark Certification Program (PMP Program) has been developed to provide independent certification of physical and mechanical properties from wood panel products. The PMP Program includes requirements for the in house Quality Control Manuals, initial qualification for product certification, plant quality control procedures and periodic inspections by CPA, all designed to reasonably assure that composite panel products meet the limits specified in the applicable standards (e.g ANSI A208.1 Particleboard).
Although the Program was originally developed in response to the certification requirements of the Department of Housing and Urban Development's Manufactured Home Construction and Safety Standards, 24 C.F.R. Part 3280, it may be used to certify conformance of different types of panel products to different government regulatis or voluntary industry standards which CPA decides to include in the PMP Program.
List of Certified Facilities [PDF]
For more information on these programs, contact Connie Klinkam at (703) 724-1128 x296
The GM Program is supported by the certification and inspection fees collected from its clients only. Trade association-related funds are not used in GM Program operations. Certification and inspection fees are available upon request.
Complaints and Appeals
Complaints and appeals are covered by GM Program procedures (i.e. CPA-GM-PR-06 Complaints and CPA-GM-PR-07 Appeals) which are available upon request. The online form below can be used to submit a complaint regarding the GM Program and its clients.