ACLASS EPA Energy Star Accreditation
ACLASS assesses laboratory operations to ISO/IEC 17025 and
Energy Star Laboratory Recognition Requirements established by the
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Assessors are provided
with Energy Star product requirements. Upon a satisfactory
assessment, ACLASS grants accreditation and issues a certificate
and scope of accreditation attesting to the technical competence of
laboratories to perform test required for Energy Star
To serve as an EPA-recognized accredited laboratory for the
Energy Star Program, a laboratory shall meet the following
- Maintain accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025
- Develop and maintain separate laboratory test procedures for
each accredited Energy Star test method that detail how testing
will be conducted using the laboratory's test facilities, fixtures,
equipment, and personnel.
- Notify EPA/DOE and ACLASS immediately of any attempt to hide or
exert undue influence over test results.
- Have recorded in its scope of accreditation its specific
competence to carry out the test methods outlined in the Energy
Star program for which the laboratory intends to test products. The
relevant test procedures are included in the product testing
section of each Energy Star specification.
- At a minimum, the title of the relevant Energy Star product
category will be included in the scope of accreditation If the
laboratory is unable to perform the required test procedures for
every product subtype within the program requirements, it should
also list specific subtypes covered within those requirements.
(Note: To decrease the burden to laboratories and ACLASS, EPA will
not require laboratories to update their scopes of accreditation
when an Energy Star specification is revised. However, EPA will
require that the laboratory ensure its methods remain consistent
with the test methods described in the program requirements of the
currently effective version of the specification. Further, major
changes in test method - for example, when a specification revision
calls for a different test method altogether from the preceding
specification version - will necessitate a scope of accreditation
update to reflect the newly required test method. In such cases,
the ACLASS policy on scope expansion shall apply)
- Allow EPA or an EPA-appointed representative, at its
discretion, to witness any testing performed for qualification or
verification of qualification to the requirements of the Energy
Star program. EPA and ACLASS will jointly notify the laboratory.
EPA or its appointed representative agrees to operate solely as an
observer and not participate in any way with the testing activities
of the laboratory.
Contact Roger Muse,
877-344-3044, for more information.
Energy Star Product Certification Accreditation
ACLASS and ANSI offer a joint program to provide dual
ACLASS-ANSI Energy Star accreditation for their respective
accreditation programs. Certification bodies can gain accreditation
from both ACLASS and ANSI through this joint program rather than
applying to each organization separately.
ANSI accredits certification bodies that seek recognition from
EPA to certify products under the Energy Star program. The ANSI
program, which was launched in August 2012, assesses applicant
certification bodies against the requirements in EPA' Conditions
and Criteria for Recognition of Certification Bodies for the Energy
Star Program, ISO/IEC Guide 65, and IAF Guidance on the application
of ISO/IEC Guide 65 (IAF GD 5:2006). For more information, visit
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