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IICRC: First Industry Mold Standard Has Arrived

November 18, 2003
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VANCOUVER, WA - November 18, 2003 - The S520 Mold Standard Committee for the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) has proudly announced the completion of the long-awaited IICRC S520 Standard and Reference Guide for Mold Remediation. The guide has been finalized and is available for purchase from the IICRC headquarters.

"The IICRC Mold Remediation Standard represents the culmination of over four years of cumulative effort in analyzing industry needs, researching the scientific literature, and writing and peer reviewing more than a dozen drafts," said IICRC technical advisor Jeff Bishop. "It involved input from the academic, scientific and manufacturing sectors of the industry, and primarily from field practitioners who are engaged in mold remediation daily. S520 will set the standard for mold remediation world wide for years to come."

The IICRC S520 Mold Standard Committee, which includes Larry Cooper as Chairman and Barry Costa as Secretary, worked in cooperation with the IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration Revision Committee in updating information for the industry. Members of the committee and sub-committees include representatives from NADCA, IAQA, AIAQC, IICRC, ISCT, IEI, ASCR, CRI, NCCA, Belfor and the University of Tulsa.

The new industry standard can be purchased by completing an order form available online ( ) or at the IICRC Headquarters in Vancouver, Wash.

The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification is the certification registry that develops and monitors educational programs and standards for the inspection, cleaning and restoration industry. Founded in 1972, IICRC is the largest non-profit registry of inspectors, cleaners and restorers serving the U.S., Canada, Great Britain and Australia.

IICRC is owned and controlled by 16 regional and international industry trade associations. IICRC does not own schools, employ instructors, produce training materials or promote specific product brands, cleaning methods or systems. It approves schools and instructors that meet the criteria established by the IICRC. IICRC also serves as a consumer referral source for certified firms, technicians and inspectors.

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