Angie DeRosa's article [“AAMA mulls controls on China profiles,” Jan. 26, Page 1] misrepresents the American Architectural Manufacturers Association's position regarding participation of China-based profile producers in the AAMA PVC Profile Certification Program.
The article indicates that “[We're] proposing to have the certification revoked until they can create a mechanism for unannounced plant inspections.” This statement does not indicate the source of this proposal, which creates the opportunity for a reader to attribute this as an official AAMA position. Furthermore, at this time, no formal votes have been conducted within AAMA to revoke the certification of any PVC Profile Program licensee.
AAMA's position regarding international participation in the PVC Profile Certification Program is that more discussion and investigation is necessary to qualify overseas profile producers. AAMA is concerned about the ability to conduct unannounced audits of Chinese plants, because visa procedures in communist countries require long lead times and the knowledge of itineraries becomes widespread. The potential for lead contamination is a legitimate concern in Chinese PVC window profiles — and this concern must be eliminated to maintain the integrity of our program. AAMA is considering all the factors that influence this decision and is seeking a resolution that yields the best result for the industry.
For more details, read the January VMC newsletter on the AAMA Web site, www.aamanet.org/news /vmc_whats_new.htm.