ANSI to Pilot Greenwash-Busting Eco-Label Program
An ANSI accreditation program is meant to help users determine which certification bodies and green labels are legit.
Under the pilot program, a labeling scheme is eligible for Type I certification if it complies with a suite of standards demonstrating conformance with international environmental declaration standards and assessment standards. Certification bodies have separate requirements, which align with ISO/IEC 17065 – “Conformity assessment — Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes, and services.”
Although the program is—potentially introducing more complexity into a confusing environment—ANSI-led accreditations have become a widely used method for verifying environmental claims, and the new program may offer a standardized way to compare eco-labels as well as the governing bodies that issue the labels.
Published April 2, 2014