LAS VEGAS — The Institute of Inspection, Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) entered into a public trust with the Cleaning Industry Research Institute (CIRI) on October 21, according to a press release.

The two organizations moving forward will work together to “develop and disseminate cleaning and restoration science” — beginning first with a joint technical conference and symposium taking place April 10 – 11, 2016, in Atlanta at the Georgia Tech Hotel and Conference Center.

Click here for CIRI’s call for papers for the 2016 Cleaning Science and Research Symposium.

“This collaboration joins together two major segments of the cleaning industry: Facilities cleaning and disaster restoration-remediation,” CIRI Chairman Jim Harris said in the release. “Each organization has been the leading voice for technical proficiency backed by science in its market. Working together, we will bring even greater synergy and more progress.”

CIRI, which is a not-for-profit scientific, educational and research organization, has previously been involved in the development of the ISSA Clean Standard: K-12 and worked with leading research to develop the CIRI Training and Certification program.

“The first conference I attended as an IICRC Board member was a CIRI Science Symposium,” IICRC Chairman Tony Wheelwright said in the release. “Since then I have worked with CIRI leadership to promote the collaboration between our organizations for the good of the general public.”

He added, “The coupling of our new technical conference, which was developed as a companion to our peer-review technical journal, The Journal of Cleaning, Restoration & Inspection, with the CIRI symposium, is the realization of that dream.”

For more information about the April conference and symposium, including registration and agenda, contact Carole Onweller at 740-646-9633 or

For information on presenting at the conference, please contact Spivak at (CIRI) or John Downey at (IICRC).