ASC Z97 Renews its Certification
March 19, 2012

The Accredited Standards Committee Z97, the committee responsible for maintaining and modifying ANSI Z97.1 American National Standard for safety glazing materials used in buildings - safety performance specifications and methods of test, has just renewed its certification through the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

After a several month-long audit and review process, ASC Z97 was found to be satisfactorily in compliance with the procedures of the committee and the essential requirements put forth by ANSI for operating accredited standards committees, says Julia Schimmelpenningh, global architectural applications manager at Solutia Inc. in Springfield, Mass.

The committee is audited every five years to ensure procedures, notifications, balance of the committee and consensus is being sought in all activities and fair practice in accordance with the ANSI essential requirements.

"The renewal of the accreditation, will allow the committee to continue to examine, review and modify the safety glazing standard through it's next cycle,' Schimmelpenningh says.

ANSI Z97.1 is the oldest formal safety glazing specification and test method in the world. Originally published in 1966, it has served as a model document for the Consumer Products Safety Commission Code of Federal Regulation (CPSC 16 CFR 1201) as well as other international standards such as JIS 3205 and AS 2208.

The ASC Z97 committee is currently active and working on the modification of the intended 2014 version of the standard, Schimmelpenningh says. Anyone interested in becoming a member of the committee should visit its website at or contact the chair Kevin Olah at or the secretary Julia Schimmelpenningh at

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