The asthma & allergy friendly™ Certification Mark lets you know what products or services are more suitable for people with asthma and related allergic sensitivities.
The asthma & allergy friendly Certification Program is facilitated by a partnership between the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA) — the leading nonprofit patient advocacy group for those with asthma and allergic sensitivities — and Allergy Standards Limited, a physician-led international research and testing organization.
All certified asthma & allergy friendly products and services undergo extensive scientific testing in independent accredited laboratories to ensure that they meet the standards adopted by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. After the rigorous scientific testing, the products or services are labeled in a clear and easy-to-understand manner that informs you why it’s been certified asthma & allergy friendly.
The asthma & allergy friendly Certification Program supports the overall concept of an allergen avoidance program for people with asthma and allergies. It has adopted a series of Certification Standards to encompass a wide range of products and services, including professional carpet cleaners, bedding, toys, vacuum cleaners, flooring and washing machines, and many more product categories are still being developed.
In addition to the testing, manufacturers agree to include custom care instructions, which educate you on how to maintain items in a reduced allergen state. They also agree to an ongoing review of marketing and promotional materials by AAFA to make certain that clear and concise information is provided to consumers. Finally, the certification program continues to randomly test samples obtained from various locations to ensure certified products and services continue to meet the asthma & allergy friendly Certification Standards.