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CRI withdraws support for Green Seal

January 8, 2009
DALTON, GA — The Carpet and Rug Institute (CRI) has announced it will no longer support the GS-37 Standard from Green Seal for its Seal of Approval Carpet Cleaning Solutions, according to Today''s Facility Manager.
Among the concerns that Green Seal failed to follow its own written guidelines for consensus standard setting, CRI claims that GS-37 measures product efficacy against a "nationally recognized" product rather than against an approved standard and that Green Seal did not allow the participation of all stakeholders in the development process for GS-37, the story stated.
Products that were certified under a previous version of GS-37 will retain their Seal of Approval Green designations, the story noted.
CRI President Werner Braun said: "GS-37 is flawed and CRI cannot support it."
CRI would reconsider its decision if Green Seal were to "reopen the GS-37 standard and develop it in an environment that respects the consensus standard-setting process," the story added.
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