The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated the International Accreditation Service (IAS) as an approved accreditation body for the EPA WaterSense Program. IAS already has accredited two certifying bodies that have met the EPA WaterSense requirements.
Environmental Protection Agency has designated the International Accreditation
Service (IAS) as an approved accreditation body for the EPA WaterSense Program,
which promotes the development and use of water-efficient products such as
faucets and high-efficiency toilets. Under the WaterSense Program, qualifying
products in general must perform 20% more efficiently than traditional
IAS already has accredited two certifying bodies that have met the EPA
WaterSense requirements and is currently accepting applications from
organizations that want to participate in the WaterSense Program.
Besides being an
accreditation body in the United States since 1975, IAS is a signatory to
several international mutual recognition arrangements (MRAs) worldwide. As an
EPA partner in the WaterSense Program, IAS will assess the competence of
certification bodies to certify WaterSense labeled products against the
requirements set forth in:
* International Standard
ISO/IEC Guide 65, General requirements for bodies operating product
Accreditation Forum – Guidance on application of ISO/IEC Guide 65,
* U.S. EPA’s own requirements
as defined in the WaterSense Product Certification System.
For more information about how product
certification agencies can become IAS accredited to certify and label products
that meet WaterSense requirements, visit www.iasonline.org.
IAS Approved as Accreditation Body for WaterSense Program
July 20, 2009