Homeowners these days are looking for verification that their cabinets are quality made, long-lasting and durable. In fact, a recent study conducted by Hanley-Wood shows that 3rd party testing is identified as one of the top reasons people choose a cabinet manufacturing company.
The KCMA A161.1 Quality Certification is an independent, 3rd-party testing program that gives homeowners peace of mind about their kitchen and bath cabinets. In fact, This Old House recommends only purchasing cabinets that display the KCMA A161.1 Quality Certification Seal.
About KCMA Quality Certification
Cabinets bearing the KCMA A161.1 Quality Certification Seal have been extensively tested with over a dozen different processes according to rigorous standards developed, and periodically revised, by a committee operating under rules set by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and developed by the Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA).
KCMA A161.1 QUALITY CERTIFICATION PROGRAM FAQS
Who’s eligible to participate in the certification program?
The KCMA A161.1 Quality Certification Program is open to all American cabinet manufacturers. Manufacturers may certify one, several or all of their cabinet lines, if they are built in America to our stringent quality measures. If you have ever been removed from any certification program or been sued for violating a certification program’s guidelines, then the applicant may not be permitted to participate in KCMA’s certification program.
How can I find certified manufacturers?
KCMA’s cabinet manufacturer search tool can be found here. The tool includes a filter to search only for certified manufacturers.
How does KCMA ensure compliance with certification requirements?
Compliance is verified by initial testing, periodic plant inspections and testing and yearly retesting. All testing is performed by accredited independent laboratories.
Companies not licensed with the KCMA Quality Certification Program may not claim or imply conformance with these standards for their products. KCMA, as the proprietary sponsor, reserves the right to question any claims of conformance and to test the products of any manufacturer making such claims. Should KCMA discover that a manufacturer is falsely representing that their products meet these standards, KCMA will take appropriate legal action. Products not constructed in the U.S.A. do not qualify for certification status.
How do I know who manufactured my certified cabinet?
Below the certification seal, the name of the manufacturer or a code representing the manufacturer is included. You can use the KCMA’s search tool to find a manufacturer’s name by using the code.
Contact Chuck Arnold (email@example.com) for a copy of the ANSI/KCMA A161.1 American National Standard.
Questions or inquires regarding certification training should be directed to (firstname.lastname@example.org).