ANSI program will determine eligibility of program operators for development of product category rules and certification of environmental product declarations

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — NSF Sustainability, a division of global public health organization NSF International, has been accepted by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as one of the first organizations to participate in a pilot program for Type III environmental product declarations (EPDs) to meet a growing demand for standardization in the environmental certification industry. NSF provides third-party sustainable product certification, environmental claims validation services, product category rule (PCR) development and EPD certifications, and develops national sustainability assessment standards and protocols for certification of product and service provider sustainability attributes. 

To further demonstrate NSF’s capabilities and expertise, NSF will undergo the ANSI Eligibility Process for Program Operators and an ANSI Assessment for Verification/Validation of Type III Environmental Declarations.  The pilot includes a detailed assessment of environmental credentials and operating procedures and an on-site assessment.

“We’re very pleased that NSF International has decided to take part in ANSI’s new pilot accreditation program,” said Reinaldo Figueiredo, ANSI Senior Program Director for Product and Process Accreditation. “By applying to this program, NSF is demonstrating its commitment to the effective verification and validation of EPDs and recognizing the value that ANSI accreditation brings.”

EPDs are increasingly used across many industries to enable product manufacturers to bring transparent environmental data to customers.  An EPD’s specifications are established by a PCR, which is created by a committee of interested stakeholders and defines how to conduct a life cycle assessment (LCA) for a product group. In the building industry, EPDs can assist architects and designers with determining a specific product’s environmental impact within its category and to meet green building rating system criteria in both LEED v4 and the latest edition of Green Globes.

“NSF Sustainability is dedicated to greater transparency in product environmental reporting and has been a leading force in North America for development of multi-attribute national product sustainability standards, product category rules and verification of environmental product declarations.  We are pleased to bring this depth of knowledge and expertise to the pilot and help support our partners at ANSI in defining the assessment and qualification process for program operators,” said Tom Bruursema, General Manager of Sustainability for NSF International.

ANSI created the pilot program to meet a growing demand for standardization in the environmental certification industry with the intention of eventually developing a program meeting International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards. This pilot program is an analysis of the program operator’s PCR development process and EPD verification processes.  It will verify that program operators meet the requirements and processes found in two ISO environmental label and declaration standards, ISO 14020 and ISO 14025as well as ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services

NSF Sustainability helps companies build a portfolio of sustainable products and spans the complete PCR/LCA/EPD process by supporting PCR development, verifying LCA and EPD data, and providing third-party verification of final EPD reports. The NSF National Center for Sustainability Standards (NCSS) has developed PCRs and American National Standards in sustainability for a wide range of product categories, including chemicals, commercial furnishings, flooring, building products and materials, and water treatment and distribution systems.

For more information on NSF Sustainability, visit nsfsustainability.org or contact Jamie Bush at jbush@nsf.org.

Editor’s note: To schedule an interview with NSF Sustainability General Manager Tom Bruursema, contact Greta Houlahan at 734-913-5723 or media@nsf.org.   

About NSF International: NSF International is an independent global organization that writes standards, and tests and certifies products for the construction, food, water, health sciences and consumer goods industries to minimize adverse health effects and protect the environment (nsf.org). Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting human health and safety worldwide.  Operating in more than 150 countries, NSF International is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and is a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Center on Food Safety, Water Quality and Indoor Environment.

NSF Sustainability draws upon this expertise in standards development, product assurance and certification, advisory services and quality management systems to help companies create more sustainable products, operations, systems and supply chains.  Additional NSF services include Education and Training, safety audits for the food and water industries, nutritional/dietary supplement certification, organic certification provided by QAI (Quality Assurance International) and management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations (NSF-ISR). NSF-ISR services include ISO 14001 environmental management systems registration, Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and chain of custody (COC) certifications.