ANSI Accrediation to Help Meet Demand for Environmental Reporting and Verification in Green Building Industry

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Global public health organization NSF International is among the first organizations to be recognized by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) as a program operator for both the development of product category rules (PCRs) and the verification of environmental product declarations (EPDs). As an EPD and PCR program operator, NSF International will help meet the growing demand for standardization of science-based environmental data, reporting and verification.

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.

The detailed ANSI accreditation process included on-site and remote audits that assessed NSF International’s policies and procedures and reviewed PCRs published and EPDs verified under the program.

Prior to earning accreditation, NSF International participated in the ANSI pilot program, which was designed to bring the PCR and EPD process into compliance with International Organization for Standardization (ISO) standards: ISO 14020 and ISO 14025as well as ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services

NSF International 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) develops 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.

“Demand for standardized environmental impact information is growing quickly in many industries and around the globe. Earning ANSI accreditation as a program operator demonstrates NSF International’s strength and leadership in developing PCRs and verifying EPDs that bring quality, science-based reporting that is essential for environmentally-minded decision making in many industries and in the building industry in particular,” said Jessica Evans, Director of NSF International’s National Center for Sustainability Standards.

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 an NSF International Sustainability expert, contact Liz Nowland-Margolis at media@nsf.org or +1 734-418-6624.

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) certifications.