EPA–recognized certification bodies (CBs) certify products that meet ENERGY STAR requirements and report information on those products to EPA. A CB must be EPA–recognized to certify products. One of the key criteria for recognition is accreditation to ISO/IEC Guide 65 or ISO/IEC 17065 by an accreditation body that is an International Accreditation Forum Multilateral Recognition Agreement (IAF MLA) signatory. CBs must verify that test results are from an EPA–recognized laboratory, maintain open correspondence with EPA, and cooperate with their AB for ongoing accreditation. CBs are also responsible for administering verification testing and challenge testing.
EPA hosts periodic training sessions with CBs which are listed below. All CB trainings for new or revised ENERGY STAR specifications can be found on the CB Specification Technical Assistance page.
On April 24, 2013, EPA held a mandatory conference call session for certification bodies to discuss lessons learned from 2011 and 2012 verification testing. In addition, the webinar also included a discussion of the timeline and transition to ISO/IEC 17065 as well as addressed data quality issues for data submitted through the XML–based Qualified Product Exchange (QPX) system. EPA provided attendees with the following presentation.
On July 29, 2011, EPA met with EPA–recognized CBs and members of the Information Technology Industry Council in Washington, DC to provide a general overview of the status of product certification in the consumer electronics and information technology fields, and to discuss the verification testing requirements. EPA provided attendees with the following presentation.
On June 10, 2011, EPA hosted a meeting for CBs in Washington, DC to discuss verification testing for certified products. EPA provided attendees with the following presentation. Note that this presentation provides a general overview of verification testing but is not EPA’s final guidance. The formal guidance is provided in Directive 2011–06.
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