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Certification Body Resources

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.

Responsibilities

How to Apply for EPA Recognition

  1. Obtain or maintain accreditation to ISO/IEC Guide 65 or ISO/IEC 17065 Exit ENERGY STAR from an AB that is an IAF MLA signatory.
  2. Agree to comply with the Conditions and Criteria for Recognition of Certification Bodies PDF (67KB).
  3. Develop internal procedures to include all requirements in the Conditions and Criteria, including but not limited to:
    1. Verification testing
    2. Re–evaluation in the event of significant changes
    3. Challenge testing
    4. Process for resolving discrepancies
  4. Complete and sign the application PDF (1.2MB) for recognition of CBs.
  5. Submit all internal procedures and signed application to Certification@energystar.gov.

Additional Resources

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.

Mandatory Webinar for CBs on January 29, 2014

On January 29, 2014, EPA held a mandatory conference call session for certification bodies to discuss verification testing and other priorities for the year. EPA provided attendees with the following presentation.

Mandatory Webinar for CBs on April 24, 2013

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.

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