Asthma and Allergy Friendly

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Asthma & Allergy Friendly is a registered certification mark operated by Allergy Standards Limited in association with not-for-profit asthma and/or allergy organizations, labeling products which have been put through and have passed standardised testing. The Asthma & Allergy Friendly Certification Program was created to scientifically test and identify consumer products that are more suitable for people with asthma and allergies.

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Background[edit]

The avoidance of asthma triggers and/or allergens has been recognised by many clinicians and researchers as being an integral part of an asthma management plan.[1][2][3][4][5] Although there has been some discussion as to whether dust mite avoidance measures will result in a clinically relevant outcome[6][7][8] the resulting debate has given rise to a recommendation by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute that an asthma management plan should include avoidance of as many allergens as possible to which the individual is sensitive.[9] This report and others[4][8] also assert that no single specific measure is sufficient to reduce allergens: An allergen reduction plan, which encompasses a variety of approaches is necessary to address management of asthma symptoms.

The Certification Mark[edit]

Asthma & Allergy Friendly is a registered certification mark operated by Allergy Standards Limited[10] in association with not-for-profit asthma and/or allergy organizations in the country of operation. Products are subjected to standardised testing and if they pass, are deemed Asthma & Allergy Friendly. The Asthma & Allergy Friendly Certification Program has been implemented in a number of countries, such as:

  • Internationally (operated by Allergy Standards[12])

The allergen immunoassay sampling and analysis for the certification program is carried out by various accredited partner laboratories such as Berkeley Analytical, Testex and Airmid Healthgroup specialised in environmental testings and in particular for allergy and asthma, microbiology, molecular biology, and aerobiology. Testing is conducted at a uniquely integrated testing facility which combines molecular biology, Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) with state of the art air sampling and particle counting in a highly sophisticated environmental test chamber facility with a microbiological aerosol capability.

The Certification Process[edit]

Overview of the standards[edit]

Products bearing the certification mark must come through our rigorous testing standards. Standards assess products for the presence of allergenic dyes and sensitizing chemicals [13] as well as the capacity for allergen retention and ability to withstand eradication techniques such as repeated washing machine cycles [14]. Product areas that have been certified include textile materials, electrical appliances, building products and kids toys [15].

Objective[edit]

The Certification Program aims to help consumers make an informed choice when buying products. When consumers see the distinctive mark on a product, they know they are buying an asthma & allergy friendly® product that has come through stringent testing to a series of standards developed by medical and healthcare experts and peer-reviewed by practicing allergology clinicians [16] [17]. The number of Certification Standards continues to grow in order to encompass a wide range of products, and help manufacturers to develop healthier products for people with asthma and allergies.

Prerequisites[edit]

Products seeking to be certified asthma & allergy friendly must pass Allergy Standards rigorous testing standards. Manufacturers must submit their products for testing to Allergy Standards Ltd approved third party laboratories [18] [19] [20]. Products must be submitted from current production and consumer ready. In order to pass the standards, products must meet the criteria of the standard relevant to the product category.

Laboratory tests[edit]

Certification Standards are tailored to the specific product categories. Criteria in the standards may include low or no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) emissions, free from banned dyes and allergens according to best international practice[21], and capable of either providing a barrier to allergens or effectively removing allergen from the environment. Importantly, products must also demonstrate that they are capable of carrying out their function effectively and are of acceptable quality and construction. For example textiles must be evaluated for barrier function, but must also demonstrate barrier function after washing. Vacuum cleaners must demonstrate effective allergen removal, but this is also assessed when the bag is near capacity, demonstrating no significant loss of power and no redistribution of dust and allergens.


Allergy Standards Limited[edit]

Allergy Standards Limited is an International Standards and Certification Body that prepares independent standards for a wide range of products to declare their suitability for people whose lives are affected by allergies and asthma.[22] Their headquarters are based in Dublin, Ireland.

Certified Companies[edit]

Dyson (company) has been certified since 2015 with the launch of their Dyson Humidifier and have also certified several of their floor care products with their vacuum cleaners, both full-size upright and canister vacuums as well as the cord free vacuum cleaner.[23]

The True Value Company has been certified since July 2018 with the EasyCare range of paints.[24]

The multinational company Tarkett specialised in the production of floor has also passed the scientific standards to be certified and offers various ranges of flooring certified asthma & allergy friendly®.[25]

LG has also get the asthma & allergy friendly® certification for a large range of products including washing machines, air purifiers and clothing steam systems. [26]

Allergy Standards Limited[edit]

Allergy Standards Limited is an International Standards and Certification Body that prepares independent standards for a wide range of products to declare their suitability for people whose lives are affected by allergies and asthma.[27] Their headquarters are based in Dublin, Ireland.


References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ Walshaw and Evans, Q J Med, 1986[full citation needed]
  2. ^ Capristo et al, Allergy, 2004[full citation needed]
  3. ^ Platts-Mills, NEJM, 2003[full citation needed]
  4. ^ a b O'Connor, J Allergy Clin Immunol, 2005[full citation needed]
  5. ^ Morgan et al, NEJM, 2004[full citation needed]
  6. ^ Gotzsche, Lancet, 2007[full citation needed]
  7. ^ Woodcock et al, NEJM, 2003[full citation needed]
  8. ^ a b Platts-Mills, J Allergy Clin Immunol, 2008[full citation needed]
  9. ^ Report of the Third International Workshop. JACI vol. 100: no.6, part 1
  10. ^ "Allergy Standards". allergystandards.com Allergy Standards.
  11. ^ asthma.ca/adults/ "Asthma Canada". asthma.ca Asthma Canada.
  12. ^ "Allergy Standards". allergystandards.com Allergy Standards.
  13. ^ “Chemical Allergens-What Are the Issues?”. Kimber, Ian, David A. Basketter, and Rebecca J. Dearman. 2010. “Chemical Allergens-What Are the Issues?” Toxicology 268(3): 139–42. access-date=2018-08-28
  14. ^ "ISO 6330:2012(en) Textiles — Domestic washing and drying procedures for textile testing". iso.org
  15. ^ "Certified Products". asthmaandallergyfriendly.com
  16. ^ "Allergy Standards". allergy standards.com
  17. ^ "Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America". aafa.org
  18. ^ "Berkeley Analytical".
  19. ^ "Airmid Health Group".
  20. ^ "IBR USA".
  21. ^ "European Chemicals Agency".
  22. ^ "Allergy Standards". allergystandards.com Allergy Standards Limited.
  23. ^ "Dyson Allergy". dyson.com.
  24. ^ http://www.globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/07/27/1543404/0/en/Low-Odor-Paint-Offers-a-Healthier-Solution-for-Your-Home.html
  25. ^ https://residential.tarkett.com/en_US/node/asthma-allergy-friendly-1945
  26. ^ https://www.lg.com/us/aafa
  27. ^ "Allergy Standards". allergystandards.com Allergy Standards Limited.

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