CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Intertek (LSE: ITRK), a global leader in testing, inspection and certification, along with the International Code Council Evaluation Service, Inc. (ICC-ES®), a leading provider of evaluation services for Building Products, today announces a working agreement that will streamline the evaluation process and reduce the time it takes Building Products manufacturers to obtain ICC-ES® Evaluation Reports.
The ICC-ES®, a subsidiary of the International Code Council® (ICC), develops the building codes used to construct residential and commercial buildings in U.S. cities, counties and states. ICC-ES® Evaluation Reports® are used throughout the building industry by local officials responsible for enforcing building codes, giving them solid evidence that products such as cladding, windows, doors, roofing and roofing accessories comply with code provisions. These reports are a crucial tool for manufacturers when responding to inquiries from code officials, engineers, and specifiers who may have concerns about product compliance.
The working agreement between Intertek and the ICC-ES® increases efficiencies in product testing and evaluations, providing manufacturers a more cohesive certification process. Intertek will conduct testing and prepare and submit application packages on behalf of their clients for ICC-ES® Evaluation Reports®. Central to this agreement is the communication process between Intertek and ICC-ES®. When a product is submitted for evaluation and requires testing, both organizations will have dedicated staff working together on all requirements before the project begins, resulting in better coordination, shorter turnaround times and quicker time to market.
“We are excited about this cooperative effort with Intertek, which will enhance service and expedite the evaluation process for clients,” said Mark Johnson, President of ICC-ES®. “Identifying required testing on the front-end will facilitate the client’s ability to get their products to market faster.”
The agreement was reached following a three year effort by Intertek, who studied the ICC-ES® process and put into place the infrastructure to help clients meet the requirements of the ICC-ES® system. While this collaborative effort will provide clients with high quality and cost-effective services, it does not provide any kind of guarantee that Intertek clients will receive an Evaluation Report® from ICC-ES®.
"This agreement between ICC-ES® and Intertek is the most progressive advancement in Building Products certification and building code recognition in decades," stated Deg Priest, Sr. Director of Operations, Intertek’s Commercial & Electrical products division. "It enables manufacturers to test their products and obtain the key certifications to market and sell those products faster than ever before."
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About Intertek’s testing and certification services
The Commercial & Electrical division of Intertek provides testing and certification services, including product safety testing and certification, electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing, performance testing, and management systems certification. These services provide global market access to customers in industries such as building products and materials. Visit www.intertek-etlsemko.com for further information or to contact your local Intertek office.
Intertek is a leading provider of quality and safety solutions serving a wide range of industries around the world. From auditing and inspection, to testing, quality assurance and certification, Intertek people are dedicated to adding value to customers' products and processes, supporting their success in the global marketplace.
Intertek has the expertise, resources and global reach to support its customers through its network of more than 1,000 laboratories and offices and over 23,000 people in more than 100 countries around the world.
For further information, visit www.intertek.com
A nonprofit, public-benefit corporation, ICC-ES® is the United States’ leading evaluation service for innovative building materials, components and systems. The ICC-ES® Evaluation Reports® and PMG Listing Program provide evidence that products and systems meet requirements in codes and standards. The ICC-ES® SAVE™ Program provides verification that products have been independently verified as having the sustainable attributes claimed by the manufacturer to develop and advance sustainable design and construction. ICC-ES® is a subsidiary of the International Code Council®.
For more information about ICC-ES®, visit www.icc-es.org.