An independently conducted market analysis examining the current and future state of Eco-Labels and Environmental Product Declarations programs confirmed a growing demand for an ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) accreditation program based on International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards that focus on determining the eligibility of a Type I certification schemes and Type III program operators. This program also covers the accreditation of eco-labeling certification bodies and conformity assessment bodies that verify and validate Environmental Product Declarations.

    ANAB Programs

    TYPE I

    1.0 Determination of Eligibility of Environmental Labeling Certification Scheme

    An environmental labeling certification scheme owner seeking to achieve eligibility for its Eco-labeling scheme by ANAB is required to comply with the all applicable requirements and processes contained in ISO 14020, Environmental labels and declarations - General Principles, and ISO 14024, Environmental labels and declarations - Type I environmental labeling - Principles and procedures, as well as Procedure PRO-PR-164 -ISO 14024, Requirements/Process to Determine Eligibility of a Type I Environmental Labeling Certification Scheme, and PRO-FR-104-ECO-ISO14024, Application for Eligibility of Type I Environmental Labeling Certification Scheme. After completing the process of eligibility determination, the Eco-labeling scheme will demonstrate conformance with established international environmental declaration standards and the applicable procedures of ISO conformity assessment standards.

    TYPE I

    2.0 Accreditation of Third Party Eco-labeling Certification Bodies

    Certification bodies seeking to be accredited by ANAB to conduct Eco-labeling certification will be required to conform with the applicable requirements and processes contained in ISO 14020, ISO 14024, and ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services.

    TYPE III

    1.0 Determination of Eligibility of Program Operators for Environmental Labels and Declarations

    Program operators for Type III environmental labels and declarations seeking to achieve eligibility for participation in the pilot program must conform with the requirements and processes contained in ISO 14020, Environmental labels and declarations - General Principles, and ISO 14025, Environmental labels and declarations - Type III environmental declarations Principles and procedures, as well as procedures PRO-PR-165-ISO 14025, Requirements/Process to determine Eligibility of a Type III Environmental Declaration Program, and PRO-FR-104-ECO-ISO 14025, Application for Eligibility of Type III Environmental Declaration Programs. After completing the process of eligibility determination, each program operator will demonstrate conformance with established international environmental declaration standards and the applicable procedures of ISO conformity assessment standards.

    TYPE III

    2.0 Accreditation of Third Party Eco-labeling Certification Bodies that Verify/Validate Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs)

    Certification bodies seeking to be accredited by ANAB to conduct validation/verification of EPDs are required to comply with applicable requirements and processes found in ISO 14020, ISO 14025, and ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services.

    For more information, contact:

    Ms. Nikki Jackson
    Director, Product Certification Accreditation Program
    202-331-3623
    njackson@anab.org

    Ms. Elizabeth Okutuga
    Program Coordinator, Product Certification Accreditation
    202-331-3627
    eokutuga@anab.org

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