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BHMA Certification Program

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BHMA Product Certification Program

In addition to ensuring hardware quality and performance through its development of standards, BHMA also sponsors third-party certification of hardware products. Third-party certification is a formal process for independently verifying that a product meets specific requirements or criteria. Under the BHMA-sponsored certification program, manufacturers voluntarily submit a hardware product to independent laboratory testing to confirm that the product fully meets the criteria of its ANSI/BHMA standard. To make sure a certified product continues to conform to its underlying standard, in-factory audits of the product are conducted periodically. Products unable to pass the auditing process face loss of certification.

Are you interested in BHMA certification of your company's products?

-  Specify certified products and utilize the BHMA Certified Mark for approved, certified products.

-  Download the PowerPoint presentation, “2012 BHMA Certified Presentation” to gain a better understanding of the Certified program and the BHMA Certified Mark.

-  Educate your fellow colleagues on the necessity to certify products and the importance of employing the BHMA Certified Mark once you have successfully gained third-party certification.

-  Companies interested in the BHMA certification program should download the Application for Certification, License Agreement and Program Manual and then contact BHMA.


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Product Categories Offering BHMA Certification

Currently the BHMA-sponsored certification program covers the following categories of builders hardware. The categories and the ANSI/BHMA standards to which they are tested are as follows:

  • A-Butts & Hinges (A156.1), Hinge Templates (A156.7), Self Closing Hinges (A156.17),
    Strap & Tee Hinges (156.20), Continuous Hinges (A156.26)

  • B-Cabinet Hardware (A156.9), Auxiliary Hardware (A156.16)

  • D-Sliding & Folding (A156.14)

  • C-Closers (A156.4), Stops & Holders (A156.8), Release Devices (A156.15)

  • E-Auxiliary Locks (A156.5), Cabinet Locks (A156.11), Electromagnetic (A156.23), Exit Locks, Hi Security Cylinders (A156.30) Electric Strikes (A156.31), Auxiliary Locks (A156.36)

  • F-Locks & Latches (A156.2), Interconnected (A156.12), Mortise Locks (A156.13), Electrified Locks (A156.25), Multipoint Locks (A156.37)

  • G-Exit Devices (A156.3), Delayed Egress (A156.24), Exit Locks, Alarms (A156.29)

  • J- Architectural Trim (A156.6), Thresholds (A156.21), Gasketing (A156.22), Egress Marking (A156.35)

  • P- Power Doors (A156.10), Low Energy Doors (A156.19), Revolving Doors (A156.27)

  • Q-IDHA’s (A156.32)

  • All sections-Materials & Finishes (A156.18)

BHMA publishes an annual directory of all BHMA certified hardware products.  Browse the 2013 BHMA Certified Products Directory from the home page of this website.  Bound copies of the directory can be obtained directly from BHMA.

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