The GreenGuard Environmental Institute (GEI) has achieved ISO/IEC Guide 65:1996 accreditation-the endorsement of a product certification program as developed by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).
65 specifies requirements for bodies that operate third-party certifications of
products to ensure that those bodies conduct their certification processes in
an impartial, reliable, and consistent manner. Conformity to these standards
provides assurance that a certification program is of high quality, integrity,
and competency, and that it is free of any conflicts of interest, such as
financial, commercial, or social influences.
GreenGuard Environmental Institute has always stressed the importance of
third-party certification as a means of validating the credibility of a
product, service, or organization,” says Henning Bloech, executive director of
GEI. “We find it so important, in fact, that we voluntarily subjected ourselves
to rigorous third-party inspection to ensure not only that we’re performing up
to the highest quality standards, but also that we’ve evaluated every potential
conflict of interest. Achieving ISO Guide 65 accreditation confirms that GEI operates
fairly and objectively.”
addition, as part of its “commitment to transparency, fairness, and
objectivity,” GEI says it will go above and beyond the requirements of ISO
Guide 65 by submitting all procedural documentation for every new certification
to The Epsten Group, Inc., a consulting firm, for independent review and
analysis. “This provides an extra level of checks-and-balances to ensure that
GEI’s certification processes are carried out appropriately,” adds GEI.
ourselves to additional scrutiny by a third-party reviewer demonstrates that
we’re willing to go the extra mile and practice what we preach,” says Dr.
Marilyn Black, founder of GEI. “We’re not just talking the talk; we’re walking
to GEI, the ISO Guide 65 accreditation is especially important at a time when
multiple “green labels and certifications (some of which have prompted civil
law suits against product manufacturers, as well as intervention by the Federal
Trade Commission) are flooding the marketplace.” Dr. Black added that,
“Consumers need to know who to trust. We’re pulling out all the stops so that
people know, beyond the shadow of a doubt, that they can trust the GreenGuard
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GEI garners ISO-Guide 65 accreditation for third-party certifications
May 4, 2010