Ensures foam materials in furniture and bedding are made without harmful chemicals, promoting indoor air quality.

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The CertiPUR-US® program certifies the flexible polyurethane foam used in bedding and upholstered furniture. It focuses on low emissions and high performance, among other criteria. However, it's important to note that the certification only applies to the foam component, not the entire product or company.

Key Features

  • Certifies low VOC emissions for indoor air quality
  • Does not guarantee absence of off-gas VOCs, only that emissions are below a certain level
  • Foam is made without harmful substances like heavy metals, formaldehyde, ozone depleters, and harmful flame retardants
  • Still contains chemical fire retardants not listed as harmful


To obtain certification, companies must submit an application, lab test results, declarations on prohibited substances, and additional documentation. The foam is subjected to chemical and physical testing at independent labs. Producers must undergo random on-site checks and recertify their foams annually after the first year.

Duration and Renewal

The certification is valid for one year and must be renewed annually. Guidelines are updated regularly, requiring all certified foams to undergo recertification based on the most recent scientific evidence.

Impact and Significance

Obtaining this certification can boost a company's reputation for producing safer, more sustainable products. For consumers, it offers some assurance of lower chemical exposure and better indoor air quality. However, the limited scope of the certification—applying only to the foam—may not fully satisfy those looking for comprehensive product safety.