NEW YORK — The next generation of the world’s most popular flooring is here, and it’s not waterproof.
Brick, concrete and laminate, as well as a few other products, will be certified as safe and effective, according to a U.S. Food and Drug Administration release on Thursday.
As a result, the products have the potential to help reduce health risks and injuries.
The agency is asking the public to submit information to help the agency better evaluate products and develop guidelines for their use.
“While there is much to be learned from these products and other products to help protect people and the environment, this is not a time to jump to conclusions,” said FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb in the release.
This new version of the most popular products, which include water-resistant materials, has been in use for the past 20 years.
There are a number of safety features and measures included in the FDA’s new products.
According to the FDA, products certified as waterproof must meet a few standards.
For example, products that are water-resilient must be designed to absorb and hold water without sinking or becoming slippery.
Products must be waterproof for a minimum of 10 years.