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ANSI/ICPA Performance Standard for Solid Surface Materials

April 18, 2001

Contact: Timothy R. Rugh
(703) 610-9034

ANSI Approves National Performance Standard for Solid Surface

McLean, Virginia – The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recently announced the approval of the industry’s first national consensus standard for solid surface materials, Performance Standard for Solid Surface Materials (ANSI/ICPA SS-1-2001). The new ANSI national standard defines the baseline performance requirements for solid surface materials, one of the fastest growing and most versatile materials used primarily in kitchen countertops and bath products. A material with virtually unlimited variety in shape, color, and texture, solid surface is also growing in other commercial, retail, and residential applications, such as wall panels, windowsills, and other architectural products.

The new ANSI national consensus standard establishes the test methods pertaining to the structure, water resistance, colorfastness, stain resistance, cleanability, and other significant properties, including the ability to be fabricated with inconspicuous seams and to be restored to its original finish. In addition, there are general requirements of materials and workmanship and finish. ANSI/ICPA SS-1-2001 establishes a common set of performance criteria for the benefit of manufacturers, fabricators, architects, specifiers, consumers and others that manufacture, specify or use solid surface materials.

The new national consensus standard was developed by the International Cast Polymer Association (ICPA) and a representative group of producers, users and other materials experts in accordance with the ANSI canvass method. The new national standard reflects the consensus of key producers, users and other materials experts based on more than two years of work. ICPA actually began groundwork on the new standard in 1993.

Prior to developing the new standard, ICPA received accreditation as a standards developer from ANSI. To develop the new standard, ICPA followed the ANSI canvass method, which requires a balanced group of representatives from all interest categories and adherence to due process procedures.

Founded in 1974, ICPA is the nonprofit trade association representing manufacturers, suppliers, fabricators, and installers of cultured marble and solid surface products used in the kitchen and bath industry. ICPA is dedicated to promoting recognition and demand for cast polymer products, representing the industry on legislative and regulatory issues, and maintaining high standards of quality in cast polymer products.

Founded in 1918 by five engineering societies and three government agencies, ANSI remains a private, nonprofit membership organization focused on meeting the standards and conformity assessment requirements of its diverse constituency. ANSI helps to ensure the safety and health of U.S. consumers and the protection of U.S. industry by diligently managing the only recognized system for establishing consensus-based national standards. ANSI standards are recognized and respected by leading industry authorities and consumers. For more information on ANSI, contact ANSI headquarters in New York City at 11 West 42nd Street, 13th Floor, New York, New York, 10036; phone: (212) 642-4900; fax: (212) 398-0023, web site:

For background information on the development of the new standard, visit the ICPA web site at   or contact ICPA headquarters at 8201 Greensboro Drive, Suite 300, McLean, VA 22102; phone: (703) 610-9034; fax: (703) 610-9005; e-mail:; information hotline and fax-on-demand service: 1 (800) 414-4272.



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