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
information on the Porcelain Tile Certification Agency, call (630) 942-6588.