ATLANTA — The GREENGUARD Environmental Institute
(GEI) is pleased to announce today that it has achieved ISO/IEC Guide 65:1996
accreditation — the world''s most prestigious endorsement of a product certification program as developed by the International Organization for Standardization
(IOS), according to a press release.
ISO-Guide 65 specifies requirements for bodies that operate third-party certifications of products to ensure that those bodies conduct their certification processes in an impartial, reliable and consistent manner.
Conformity to these standards provides assurance that a certification program is of high quality, integrity and competency, and that it is free of any conflicts of interest, such as financial, commercial or social influences, the release noted.
"Subjecting ourselves to additional scrutiny by a third-party reviewer demonstrates that we''re willing to go the extra mile and practice what we preach," says Dr. Marilyn Black
, founder of GEI. "We''re not just talking the talk; we''re walking the walk."
GEI initiated the long and painstaking ISO Guide 65 accreditation process in Nov. 2008
and underwent a comprehensive audit in February 2010
. GEI earned the official accreditation two months later. To maintain the accreditation, GEI will be required to pass regular surveillance assessments, the release stated.
For more information about the International Organization for Standardization, visit www.iso.org