Tools of theTrade
WIMA sponsors three certification programs to benefit its members and consumers. The ink, pencil and eraser certification programs ensure the products that carry the certification seals conform to ASTM Standard D4236, as well as all federal regulations. For its members, WIMA has retained a renowned toxicologist to review materials used, determine if any labeling is required, and report approval for use of the certification seal on that product.
The pencil certification program was established in 1971 and continues today as a model for all programs. The program reviews all components before they are manufactured into a pencil.
The eraser certification program covers all erasers sold separately from pencils. The program reviews all of the components used in the manufacture of erasers before they can be used.
The ink certification program covers all ink used in pens, markers and other writing instruments. WIMA's toxicologist must review each formulation before the seal can be used.