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ANAB Launches Sector Specific Accreditation Program for Type I Environmental Labeling Certification Programs


8/2/2019

The ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB), a wholly owned subsidiary of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), is pleased to announce a new accreditation program for certification programs of type I environmental labeling.

Accredited type I environmental labeling certification programs reflect and accelerate the application of best practices, promote green consumerism, and increase public participation in environmentally positive programs. A certification body that gains ANAB accreditation demonstrates competencies and credible assurance of continual improvement and risk assessment met in accordance with internationally recognized standards. Independent accreditation by a third party represents an accountability mechanism to benchmark competence and quality, and to corroborate the credibility of an organization offering certified ecolabels.

Certification bodies seeking accreditation by ANAB to conduct type I environmental labeling certification are required to comply with the requirements of ISO 14020, Environmental labels and declarations - General principles, ISO 14024, Environmental labels and declarations - Type I environmental labeling - Principles and procedures, PRO-PR-178: Sector Specific Accreditation Program for Type I Environmental Labeling Certification Program, and relevant ANAB accreditation rules. Upon completing a successful assessment of their competence in accordance with these requirements, certification bodies will be granted ANAB accreditation to operate in accordance with ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity assessment - Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services, through use of a Type I environmental labeling certification scheme and the applicable standards.

New applicants and accredited certification bodies seeking accreditation to conduct type I environmental labeling certification and recognition of their type I environmental labeling certification scheme should contact Ms. Nikki Jackson (njackson@ansi.org; 202.331.3623) director, product certification accreditation program, or Ms. Elizabeth Okutuga (eokutuga@ansi.org; 202.331.3627) program coordinator, product certification accreditation.

About ANSI

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) coordinates the U.S. voluntary standards and conformity assessment system, serving the diverse interests of more than 270,000 companies and organizations and 30 million professionals worldwide. ANSI is the official U.S. representative to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and, via the U.S. National Committee, the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC).

About ANAB

The ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB) is the largest multi-disciplinary ISO/IEC 17011 accreditation body in North America, with comprehensive signatory status across the multilateral recognition arrangements of the International Accreditation Forum (IAF) and International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC). The ANAB accreditation portfolio includes management systems certification bodies, calibration and testing labs, product certification bodies, personnel credentialing organizations, forensic service providers, inspection bodies, greenhouse gas validation and verification bodies, reference material producers, and proficiency test providers.

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