Builders Hardware Manufacturers Launch Updated Certified Products Directory


New Directory Features Enhanced Search-ability of ANSI/BHMA Hardware

The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA®) has launched a new online Certified Products Directory (CPD) featuring enhanced speed and search-ability, improved interface and security, and greater depth of information. BHMA created this directory, originally established in 1998, as a resource to help architects and specifiers select the best certified builders hardware products for their building projects. Its first online version was launched in 2013.

“This complete revision from the current directory to one that has numerous enhanced technological features has been a major initiative for our organization,” said Ralph Vasami, executive director of BHMA. “As the ANSI standards development organization for builders hardware in North America, BHMA represents more than 80 percent of the industry’s manufacturers. Thousands of certified hardware products are included in our BHMA CPD database—and it is growing every year.”

Technological advancements included in the new BHMA CPD are as follows:

  • Greatly Enhanced Speed and Productivity: A higher collaboration speed allows for reduced time working between the manufacturer, testing labs and BHMA.
  • A Detailed, Accurate, Consistent and Searchable Database: Ideal for creating quick queries, data is easily retrievable for analysis.
  • Improved Security:  Data access security is up-to-date, including security functions related to permission-only levels for different tiers of the user base.
  • Data Management: Data management is simplified, and additional checks and balances provide improved accuracy.

“With the 40-plus builders hardware standards that we maintain and update on a regular basis, full population of the new CPD is expected to take several months,” noted Vasami. “So, for a limited time, both the new searchable BHMA CPD and the outgoing PDF-based CPD will be available to all users.”

For more information, visit the CPD at, or contact Larry McClean at

The Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association (BHMA) is an industry leader in building safety and security. BHMA® is the only organization accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to develop and maintain performance standards for locks, closers, exit devices and other builders hardware. The widely known ANSI/BHMA A156 series of standards describes and establishes the features and criteria for specific types of hardware products. In addition, BHMA sponsors third-party certification of hardware products, which is a requirement for a product to bear the “BHMA Certified” mark — ensuring that the product meets the ANSI/BHMA standard. For more information on BHMA, please write to BHMA, 355 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor, New York, NY, 10017 or visit the Web site at

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