The Ceramic Tile Distributors Association (CTDA) and the Tile Council of North America (TCNA) have launched the Porcelain Tile Certification Agency (PTCA) to certify porcelain tile. The initiative, according to the organizations, is motivated by installation problems, liability concerns and marketplace confusion.

The program, designed to benefit manufacturers, distributors and end-users impacted by non-porcelain tile misrepresentations, consists of an application process that involves manufacturers submitting samples of each tile series to be certified, and by paying fees involved with the testing, as well as initial and annual certification fees. Recertifying tile every three years will also be required.

The certification agency will be managed by a six-member board of directors. Both the CTDA and TCNA, as founding members, will each appoint one prinicpal director, and first- and second-alternate directors. For more information on the Porcelain Tile Certification Agency, call (630) 942-6588.