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The IICRC is always looking for volunteers to participate in the development of its Standards. For more information on all IICRC Standards, and what consensus bodies are currently accepting applications HERE.

ANSI/IICRC Standards are voluntary consensus based Standards that are accepted as the Standard of Care in the industry. Those who participate have a vote on the Standard and can influence what is included and what is not. Participation gives you a voice in the development of the Standard.

ANSI/IICRC Standards summarize most of the significant and important procedures and methodologies, while IICRC Reference Guides restate and further explain those procedures and methodologies, and provide additional background information, which supports the Standard. Although the material in the Reference Guide does not carry the official status of a Standard, the two sections complement one another and should always be considered in tandem.

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The IICRC offers certification exams to professionals who work in the inspection, cleaning and restoration industries, and the Institute publishes standards which are approved by the American National Standards Institute. However, the Institute does not respond to technical questions, as such inquiries are most appropriately addressed by competent professionals who work in the field. Therefore, the Institute recommends that you either Locate an IICRC Certified Firm who may be able to assist you; or you may purchase a copy of an IICRC Standards from the IICRC Webstore. For nontechnical questions please email

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IICRC Standards do not specifically cover fire and smoke restoration. However, these are the current standards in development:

The BSR­/IICRC S700 Standard for Professional Fire and Smoke Damage Restoration will provide a specific set of practical principles, methods and processes for the restoration of fire and smoke damaged structural materials, assemblies and systems. The standard will cover the entire process of evaluation, mitigation, cleaning and restoration. This standard will cover scope development, temporary structures and repairs, engineering controls, proper cleaning methods and processes, and proper chain­ of­ custody documentation of the property being restored.

The BSR/IICRC S710 Standard for the Development of a Scope of Work in a Fire and Smoke Damaged Environment will provide a specific set of practical standards for the development of a scope of work in a fire and smoke damaged environment. The Standard will provide measures for preparing a scope of work in a fire and smoke damaged environment, as this is not specifically covered in any detail in existing Standards.

The BSR/­IICRC S740 Standard for Professional Restoration of Fire and Smoke Damaged Personal Items will provide a specific set of practical principles, methods and processes to evaluate and restore fire and smoke damaged porous and non­porous personal items, commonly known as contents or personal property. This standard will also establish methods and processes to document the chain­ of­ custody of these items, including: inventory, packing, storage, cleaning, verification and return to the customer. This standard will outline the proper handling, storage and care of these items.

The BSR/IICRC S760 Standard for Professional Restoration of Structures and Items Damaged by Wildfire Smoke includes practical principles, methods, and processes to evaluate and restore interior and exterior of structures and improvements, contents and personal property impacted by wildfire smoke emissions. In addition, this standard will also describe the basic principles governing wildfire particle distribution and eventual settlement on surfaces to aid the restorer in identifying the scope of a project and preparation of a work plan. This standard will also establish methods and processes to document, evaluate, restore and verify the cleanliness of structures and contents damaged from wildfire smoke.

As one of the first organizations to serve as a resource to others in the inspection, cleaning and restoration industry, we set out to create a set of best practices – or standards – to help bridge our industries together. Our Standards serve to develop common, industry-accepted language and terminology that enables us to more universally discuss concepts and procedures regarding cleaning, inspection and restoration. Through this discussion, we can grow the industry together.

ANSI stands for the American National Standards Institute. They are an organization that oversees and verifies the development and use of national consensus Standards in many different industries. If a Standard is accredited by ANSI, it means ANSI has recognized and verified that the requirements for due process and consensus have been met by IICRC. We voluntarily choose to follow ANSI policies and procedures to develop the highest quality standards possible.

ANSI Accreditation means that a standard is created using openness and fairness as it relates to the development processes, and that the committees follow principles of consensus, balance, and lack of dominance in developing the Standards. Rules and processes are followed to ensure that a Standard doesn’t represent or favor one industry, company or person, and that a standard is created using a balance of interests for the good of the industry.

Simply put, Standards work. Standards are created to find the best possible method of performing a specified task. The methods are presented by industry experts, debated, agreed upon through consensus, and finally reviewed extensively by industry peers to ensure they are fair and work as intended.

Standards ensure the method of cleaning, restoration or inspection being performed is in fact the best and most effective way. They reduce redundancy, errors, time spent on a job and costs.

Customers demand quality, reliability, safety and effectiveness – all results that come from following industry Standards. By promoting that you follow IICRC Standards, you are demonstrating your expertise to customers and prospects to drive confidence and credibility in your services.

Anyone who is affected is invited to participate in the development of IICRC Standards. As part of the ANSI rules, consensus bodies must be made up of a “balanced committee.” That means the committee needs to have an equal number of representatives from the following three categories:

1. Producers. Producers are individuals or organizations who produce, manufacture or supply goods and/or services covered in a standard, such as carpet, cushion and adhesive, cleaning tool, chemical and equipment manufacturers and retailers.

2. Users. A user is an individual who will be using the standard and/or performing the services covered by the standard such as installers, retailers, architects, cleaning and restoration firms, remediators and facility service providers.

3. General interest. General interest parties are those individuals or organizations that are directly and materially affected by the standard and otherwise interested in the goods and services covered by the standard, such as academia and government representatives.

It means the standard is still under development. BSR stands for ANSI’s Board of Standards Review, which is in charge of reviewing and approving standards as “American National Standards.” All new standards under development are designated as BSR-IICRC until they receive final approval from ANSI and can be published.

IICRC currently does not have published standards or existing certification for infection control. In response to the ongoing global pandemic, we are working on the following two relevant standards:


BSR/IICRC S400 Standard for Professional Cleaning, Maintenance and Restoration of the Commercial Built Environment- This standard will focus on the principles, methods, and processes to clean, maintain, and restore the built environment. We define the built environment as materials, building assemblies, structures, furniture, fixtures, and equipment located inside a building envelope. Further, this standard will focus on the commercial built environment and define tasks, frequencies, production expectations, goals, and results.

Status: The S400 Consensus Body is currently working on developing the draft Standard. The draft Standard is expected to be available for public review by the end of 2020, and to be published in 2021. Once published, IICRC will work on a certification course based on the S400 Standard.


BSR/IICRC S410, Standard for Infection Control During Professional Cleaning and Maintenance of the Commercial Built Environment - This standard will provide a specific set of practical principles, methods, and processes to clean, sanitize and evaluate the cleaning of the built environment where verifiable, hygienic cleaning is required. This standard will also establish methods and processes to document, evaluate, clean and sanitize/disinfect and sterilize facilities that require a higher level of cleaning.

Status: This Standard Committee is being initiated at this time, with work to begin in April 2020. The draft Standard is expected to be available for public review in 2021 and to be published thereafter. Once published, IICRC will work on a certification course based on the S410 standard.

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