New standard for in-cabin air filters
November 2017, Dublin, Ireland
We are announcing the development of a new certification standard for In-Vehicle Air Filters, that is air filters used in passenger cars.
Why did we develop a vehicle-based standard?
Until now, most of the efforts towards healthier products have been concentrated in improving homes’ indoor air quality. But what about our cars? According to The Harvard Health Watch, the average person spends about 101 minutes a day in the car, that is almost 25 days per year!
This latest standard is our first vehicle-based standard developed, and it complements our suite of existing certification standards that help consumers to identify everyday products that are more suitable for them. ASL’s standards address in-home air quality by providing standards to which vacuum cleaners, air cleaners, furnace filters, in-duct air cleaners, etc. can be tested and certified to be more suitable for people with asthma and allergies.
“It’s exciting to move our suite of standards beyond the traditional home, into a space which is increasingly forming part of peoples’ everyday lives” said John Ryan, Chief Strategy Officer at ASL. “People are spending more and more time in their vehicles, and this standard will enable them to ensure that they are choosing air filters that remove allergens such as pollen.”
What is the in-cabin air filter standard?
The ASL standard for in-cabin air filters tests filters to ensure that they can remove a range of pollen particles of different sizes and with different seasonality. The ability of a filter to withstand loading with allergen while maintaining its performance is tested. In order to pass the standard, a filter must be shown not to shed its fibres above established limits while in use.
This new standard will enable ASL to certify in-cabin air filters as asthma & allergy friendly®. Companies whose products pass the standard will be able to join one of ASL’s Certification Programs, run with patient advocacy groups in the USA, Canada or internationally.
About Allergy Standards Ltd.
“The Application of science to solve allergy labelling challenges”: Allergy Standards Limited (ASL) is an international certification company that prepares independent standards for testing a wide range of products to determine their suitability for asthmatics and individuals with associated allergies. ASL has devised a series of proprietary testing protocols and suitability specifications for products to meet in order to be eligible for certification as asthma & allergy friendly®. ASL has developed these protocols to identify products that consumers can trust have been subject to rigorous testing to determine their relative suitability for people with asthma and allergies. http://www.allergystandards.com/
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