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EPA makes changes to enhance DfE program

April 23, 2010
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WASHINGTON — The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency''s (EPA) Design for the Environment (DfE) program recently enhanced its Standard for Safer Cleaning Products by establishing an auditing process that includes on-site and desk audits, according to a press release.
The recent enhancements also include provisions that allow recognition of products in certain continuous dispensing systems and clarifications of certain terms related to third-party partners, the release stated.
Bill Balek, director of environmental services for ISSA, said: "ISSA applauds DfE for this significant upgrade to its environmental standard for cleaning products. This significant improvement will not only ensure a more robust standard and product recognition program, but ultimately will pave the way for increased market acceptance of the DfE mark."
According to the release, the primary purpose of the newly adopted auditing process is to ensure that DfE-labeled products contain the same ingredients as were reported to DfE during the partnership development process.
Under the new provisions, DfE partners will experience one of three auditing processes each year: A desk audit, an on-site audit or partnership renewal; the sequencing of these processes will depend on where a partner currently is in the three-year partnership cycle, the release noted.
DfE’s third-party reviewers, NSF International and ToxServices, will administer the audit process, the release added.
Click here to read the complete release.
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