CATAS QUALITY AWARD

Since 1993 CATAS operates as a product certification body through its own brand (CQA).

CATAS QUALITY AWARD

Since 1993 CATAS operates as a product certification body through its own brand CATAS QUALITY AWARD (CQA).
Compared to the laboratory test carried out only on one sample selected by the customer, the product certification extends its valence to an entire production and, consequently, to the production process from which it derives.
The CQA certification schemes that we offer to our clients are developed on the basis of our long experience in this industrial sector and are constantly updated in consequence of possible changes introduced by the technical standards.
For every company interested in our product certification scheme, we define an annual program of systematic controls that allows us to continuously check the product performance, through: 

  • CATAS controls: during the year our technicians randomly perform sampling activities at the company warehouse. Such samples are then tested in our laboratories accordingly to each specific certification rules.

  • Internal control by the company: the same company is committed to carry out regular internal tests, which results shall be sent to CATAS.

The granting of the CATAS QUALITY AWARD - CQA represents an important added value to the certified product as it states its conformity over time to specific technical requirements.

In 2014, Catas was the first Italian product certification body to be accredited according to UNI CEI EN ISO/IEC 17065 for the product certification scheme Formaldehyde CARB. In 2018 Catas, first in Italy, also obtained accreditation for the Formaldehyde TSCA Title VI (EPA) scheme.




The certification schemes presently active are the following:

Formaldehyde E1.
This certification scheme concerns the formaldehyde emission from raw or coated wood based panels. The certification is granted to productions compliant to the E1 classification as defined by European Standards in force.
The certification scheme. 
For the granting and maintenance of this product certification, CATAS technicians visit twice a year the company warehouses where they collect the certificated products. Subsequently, the collected samples are analysed in the CATAS laboratory. Moreover the company periodically carry out internal control tests for every certified product. The results of this internal control must be sent to our reference technicians for the final approval.


Formaldehyde CARB.
This certification scheme applies to raw wood-based panels and certifies their compliance with the low formaldehyde emission requirements defined by the governmental agency CARB and mandatory for the import of such materials in California.
Catas is the first Italian institute to have been recognized by CARB (California Air Resource Board) as a third party certifier (TPC n ° 16). This product certification scheme is also subject to accreditation by ACCREDIA in accordance with ISO/IEC 17065.
Go to the list of TPC: http://www.arb.ca.gov/toxics/compwood/listoftpcs.htm
The certification scheme.
During the year CATAS carries out four audits in the company to verify the production and to sample the products for the following analysis. In parallel the company performs periodic tests and reports the results to CATAS. Compliance is assessed by considering both the requirements defined by CARB in the Final Regulation Order ATCM §93120 and the additional requirements of the CQA scheme, being subject of accreditation.

Formaldehyde TSCA Title VI (EPA).
This certification scheme applies to wood-based panels and certifies their compliance with the low formaldehyde emission requirements defined by U.S. EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) American state agency and necessary for the importation to the United States of America.
CATAS has been recognized by EPA as a third-party certification body, borrowing the recognition already obtained by CARB (TPC n ° 16).
Go to the EPA recognized third-party certifiers list.
CATAS first in Italy, has obtained the accreditation of this scheme according to ISO / IEC 17065.
The certification scheme.
CATAS carries out four annual audits in the company plant to check the productions and to pick up the panel samples for analysis. At the same time, the company carries out periodic tests and communicates the results to CATAS. CATAS verifies compliance with TSCA Title VI - 40 CFR Part 770 and the CQA regulation additional requirements.

Formaldehyde 4 STARS.
This certification applies to raw or coated wood based panels and certifies that they meet the Japanese requirements on formaldehyde emission of building products.
The certification scheme.
For the granting and maintenance of this product certification, CATAS technicians visit twice a year the company warehouses where they collect the certificated products. Subsequently, the collected samples are analysed in the CATAS laboratory.
Moreover the company periodically carry out internal control tests for every certified product. The results of this internal control must be sent to our reference technicians for the final approval. Compliance is verified considering the Japanese and the European standards.

Coating systems for exterior wood.
This certification applies to all wood coating systems intended to be used for the protection of wood in outdoor environments. The coating systems are subjected to various tests. The test methods and the requirements are those provided by the relevant European standards (EN 927) and other tests deriving from CATAS experiences, such as blocking resistance, effectiveness againts biological attack, light permeability, ...
The certification scheme. 
One annual inspection at the companies plant is provided, where the certified products are sampled. Coatings are then applied and subjected to the established laboratory testing. The main test is represented by the natural weathering which normal exposure period of one year is extended to two years to obtain the further recognition called “PLUS”. The company is asked for two annual internal controls according to the certification rules and which results are sent to CATAS.

Coating systems for domestic furniture.
The certification applies to coating systems for domestic furniture. Depending on the performance requirements of the certification scheme, the intended use for which the coating system can be applied is defined:
  • Coating systems for kitchen cabinets
  • Coating systems for bathroom furniture
  • Coating systems for bedroom and living room furniture.
The requirements provide a further distinction between horizontal and vertical surfaces, assuming that the former are mostly stressed than the latter.
The certification scheme.
One inspection at the companies plant is provided, where the certified products are sampled. Coatings are then applied and subjected to established laboratory tests according to international (ISO), European (EN) and national (UNI) standards. In addition there are also internal procedures deriving from the experience of CATAS and some legal requirements on the safety of these products for the end users. 
The company is asked for an annual internal control for each certified coating system which results are sent to Catas.

Gluelam beams for window frames. 
The certification applies to laminated wood profiles for the production of windows frames and certifies the production consistency in relation to the quality of wood used, the bonding performance and the profile composition.
The certification scheme.
Catas regularly visits companies for the annual inspection and for the sampling of the certified products. Furthermore, the company carries out an internal control for each type of certified product and send a monthly sampling, rotating the certified wood species, to CATAS for the execution of some specific tests.
The conformity of the product is verified considering European standards (EN) and some specific internal technical procedures deriving from the Catas experience.

Playground equipment.
This certification is granted to playground equipment. It certifies the consistency of the production in relation to the performance and safety requirements of these products. A single certificate is provided for all different playground equipment for which the individual company has obtained the certification.
The certification scheme.
Catas annually inspects the company warehouses or directly a park where the equipment is installed. During the inspection, the dimensional requirements are verified and load tests on a part of the composition or on the whole game equipment are carried out. In addition, the company carries out regular internal control over the size of each type of product certified. The conformity of the product is verified according to European standards (EN) and Catas internal procedures.


CATAS WKI PREMIUM and PREMIUM PLUS - coating systems for exterior wood.
This scheme derives from the joint certification CATAS - WKI, being the result of a long time collaboration we have in place with the WKI-Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research in Braunschweig.
This certification applies to all wood coating systems intended to be used for the protection of wood in outdoor environments. The coating systems are subjected to various tests. The test methods and the requirements are those provided by the relevant European standards (EN 927) and other tests deriving from CATAS experiences, such as blocking resistance, effectiveness againts biological attack, light permeability, ...
The certification scheme.
One annual inspection at the companies plant is provided, where the certified products are sampled. Coatings are then applied and subjected to the established laboratory testing. The main test is represented by the natural weathering (carried out both in Italy, at CATAS site, and in Germany, at WKI site) which normal exposure period of one year is extended to two years to obtain the further recognition called “PLUS”. The company is asked for two annual internal controls according to the certification rules and which results are sent to CATAS.

CATAS – COSMOB Italian furniture origin.
It is the product certification for the origin and the quality of furniture products, based on the provisions of the Italian standard UNI 11674 “Furniture - Requirements for the determination of the Italian origin of furniture". The standard requires at the same time both process requirements (the relevant working processes to produce the semi-finished and finished products must be carried out in Italy) and product requirements (the finished products shall meet minimum safety, strength and durability requirements according to the relevant technical standards).
The Italian Furniture Origin mark will be issued to all companies that demonstrate to have defined and implemented an effective system of compliance with the requirements of the UNI 11674 standard.
The certification scheme.
The company who intends to obtain the mark, apply for the certification and chooses with which institute to operate (the First Institute, CATAS or COSMOB). The First Institute is in charge of the periodic inspections, product sampling and laboratory tests for the product/s initially defined by the company. All the findings of this activity are subsequently shared with the Second Institute which is in charge of the final resolution about certification granting.




In order to ensure the complete reliability of the certification, a specific Committee for the Safeguarding of the Independence and Impartiality supervises the CATAS certification activities. This committee is formed by qualified representatives of the Universities, Public Bodies, Consumer Associations and Industrial Associations.