A prominent floor covering industry group that works closely with inspectors and professional cleaners has received accreditation from The American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The group, The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC), said the decision will enhance its position and elevate the stature of the industries its serves.
"Receiving ANSI accreditation is a major advancement for the IICRC," said Larry Cooper, member of the IICRC standards committee. "Having an outside organization review and audit our policies and procedures gives our policies additional credibility that our industry needs."
Established in 1971, IICRC is widely regarded as a leading authority in certification and standard setting for the inspection, cleaning and restoration service industries. The organization says it represents 36,000 Certified Technicians and some 3,700 Certified Firms from more than 30 countries.
The accreditation came after IICRC participated in a 10 month review. During the process the Standard Policies and Procedures and the IICRC style guide were submitted and updated to include policies for an ANSI accredited body.
"The next step will be submitting individual standards to ANSI for approval and acceptance," stated Cooper. "We know there is a lot of work to do t in this process, but the IICRC is committed to increasing the integrity and acceptance of its procedures."
ANSI accredits organizations across all industries in an effort to enhance both the global competitiveness of U.S. business and the U.S. quality of life. Member organizations include educational institutions, companies, professional associations, and government. The decision to accredit is based on an organization's principles and practices.
For information on certification programs offered by the IICRC visit www.iicrc.org.