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IICRC release 6.27

June 27, 2012

Dear IICRC Shareholders

I write on behalf of the Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC). I want to start by thanking you for your service and for your dedication to our industry. In addition, I write to update you on several changes that will enhance the IICRC''s standards-writing activities and to give you a brief status overview of the IICRC''s current and future standards.

With respect to organizational changes, the IICRC recently hired a full-time, professional Standards Director, Ms. Mili Washington. Ms. Washington has tremendous experience in developing American National Standards (ANS), approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The Standards Director''s skills and experience complement the attributes of IICRC volunteers and those of the IICRC''s President, Mr. Patrick Winters. Mr. Winters is a recognized expert in nonprofit governance and management, and he serves on ANSI''s Personnel Certification Accreditation Board. Finally, the IICRC purchased, and is currently utilizing the KAVI system for all of its standards. KAVI is the premiere document retention and tracking system, and allows the IICRC to manage and monitor every stage of a standard''s development in real time.

At present, the IICRC is engaged in revisions and updates to its ANSI/IICRC S500 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Water Damage Restoration, as well as its ANSI/IICRC S520 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Mold Remediation. In addition, the IICRC has chosen voluntarily to withdraw the S100 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Cleaning of Textile Floor Coverings as an ANS. The choice was precipitated by organizational decisions, regarding all IICRC standards, and to address certain concerns with the S100. As a result, the IICRC will revise the current edition of the S100 which will require the organization to constitute a new consensus body to comply with the ANSI Essential Requirements. The IICRC welcomes the participation of all interested parties, including individuals that commented on the previous document.

All IICRC standards are either undergoing revisions or in development. Therefore, the timing is also appropriate to accommodate a recent Standards Committee and Board recommendation to remove and consolidate the 1.) Safety and Health, 2.) Administrative Procedures, Project Documentation and Risk Management, 3.) Limitations, Complexities, Complications and Conflicts, and 4.) Glossary sections from every standard into a separate reference resource. Before taking effect, this recommendation must be adopted by each standard''s respective consensus body.

The IICRC also continues to make great progress in developing future ANSI-approved standards such as the BSR-IICRC S600 Standard and Reference for Professional Carpet Installation; the BSR-IICRC S800 Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Carpet Inspection; the BSR-IICRC S210 Standard and Reference Guide for Dimension Stone Maintenance and Restoration; the BSR-IICRC S540 Standard and Reference Guide for Trauma and Crime Scene Biological and Infection Hazard Clean Up; and the IICRC intends to develop an ANSI-approved update to the S300 IICRC Standard and Reference Guide for Professional Upholstery Cleaning.

The IICRC has set an ambitious agenda for standards-development. However, the IICRC is confident that it can meet its goals. Dedicated volunteers, experienced staff and the best standards-development tools, such as KAVI, will increase the IICRC''s productivity and efficiency and ensure the organization remains the most trusted and accomplished source of standards for our industry.

If you have further questions, regarding the IICRC standards activities, please visit the IICRC''s website at http://iicrc.org/standards/ or feel free to contact Ms. Mili Washington at (360) 693-5675. Again, thank you for your dedication to our industry.

Regards,
James E. Holland, Standards Chairman