March 14, 2019, Dublin, Ireland.
Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), the International standards and Certification Body (CB) for allergy labelling, today announced that the Serta Smart Defense pillow have passed the relevant Certification Standards.
The product will now be added to the certification product database (CPD) and will therefore be eligible to joint one or more of the asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Programs in association with the relevant national patient advocacy group.
The product will also now be findable on the certification web site and the companion app which is available in the App store and Google play.
How did the Serta Smart Defense pillow obtain the Certification?
This ASP: 02-01 Certification Standard is targeted to pillow products that are scientifically proven to reduce exposure to asthma and allergy triggers. The Certification Standard utilizes an algorithm of proprietary and recognized scientific techniques to assess pillows for their ability to reduce allergenic and irritant materials.
Product samples that pass certification testing are granted a certificate stating that the particular pillow item meets the requirements for the asthma & allergy friendly® ASP:02-01 Pillow Certification Standard.
Scientific Overview of Certification Testing
ASL subjects non-disinfecting surface cleaners to chemical testing to ensure that the product does not have properties that are likely to irritate both asthma and allergy symptoms in susceptible people.
Different aspects have been evaluated for:
- The outer fabric of the pillow is proven to be an effective barrierto the passage of allergens while also remaining breathable and comfortable.
- Allergens accumulating on the pillow surface can be effectively removed while withstanding the wear and tear of recommended cleaning.
- The pillow does not contain chemicals at levels known to trigger asthma and allergy symptoms or irritant responses.
The Serta Smart Defense pillow then obtained the certification after the products they sent for testing passed the tests and met the scientific requirements.
“Bedding like pillows and mattresses can act as a reservoir for common household allergens and negatively impact indoor air quality,” said Dr. John McKeon, CEO for Allergy Standards Limited. “We are delighted to welcome Serta to the program with the Serta Smart Defense pillow. Passing our rigorous suitability criteria and performance standards scientifically proves it can contribute to an allergen avoidance plan while not compromising on quality and comfort.”
“Allergens tend to be highest in our bedrooms, where we spend one-third of our time,” said Kenneth Mendez, AAFA’s CEO and president. “It’s one of the most important areas in the home to make asthma & allergy friendly®.We are happy consumers have more options of CERTIFIED products to fit their needs.”