Meeting and guaranteeing required standards worldwide

FIFA Quality Program

The FIFA Quality Program is offering an internationally recognized and dependable industry standard for quality and reliability in the areas where it matters to football players most: the equipment, surface, technology, and services used for their game. The goal of the program is to improve the game and to protect the players, clubs, and associations by endorsing products that comply with the highest safety and quality standards. The research that the quality program is built on includes in-depth studies, surveys, and analyses of players’ needs and encompasses various aspects of safety, performance, durability, quality assurance, and playing comfort. These studies have been carried out in collaboration with an outstanding research network consisting of universities, test institutes, sports organizations, standard institutes, and independent consultants from all over the world.

Besides technical requirements, the FIFA Quality Program also accounts for ethical standards. Social responsibility is an integral part of the certification criteria and assures compliance with ethical business practices in terms of child labour, working hours, health and safety requirements, and environmental responsibility as laid down in the code of conduct of the World Federation of Sporting Goods Industry (WFSGI).

If a product is tested and the test results are compliant with all of the standards, the product can be certified by FIFA and will be awarded one of the FIFA QUALITY labels. The different quality categories have been tailored according to the needs of the players.

FIH Quality Program

FIH Preferred Suppliers take part in the FIH Quality Program. They manufacture hockey turf products and build hockey fields allowing customers to benefit from a one-stop approach to the construction of their new hockey field.

In addition to meeting all the criteria of FIH Certified Manufacturers and Field Builders, FIH Preferred Suppliers have also demonstrated a global commitment to working with the FIH to provide high-quality hockey fields suitable for international, national, club, and development hockey.

ITF Court Pace Classification Program

The ITF Court Pace Classification Program has been developed to assist purchasers of tennis surface products to determine the type and speed of the surface most suited to their requirements. The ITF classifies surfaces into one of five categories according to its Court Pace Rating from slow to fast.

A surface product included on the list of ITF Classified Surfaces is classified purely on the basis of its Court Pace Rating. ITF Classification does not imply any form of ITF approval or endorsement. Any manufacturer, contractor, or facility owner may apply for classification and inclusion on the ITF list.

The ITF reserves the right to refuse an application for classification of a surface that it deems is not suitable for the game of tennis, whether in relation to its test values or any other reason.

World Rugby Regulation 22

World Rugby Regulation 22 is the regulatory framework relating to artificial surfacing for the game of rugby binding on all Unions and Associations.

The program, which aims to boost global participation, regulates and standardizes the development, performance, and maintenance of artificial turf worldwide through the appointment of World Rugby Preferred Turf Producers and World Rugby Accredited Test Institutes. It ensures that the highest possible player welfare and performance standards are achieved.

World Rugby has launched its Preferred Turf Producer scheme to ensure that installed pitches are both safe to play on and, through research and development, can evolve with the needs of rugby.

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