SCS Represents U.S. on International Standards Unification Panel

Sept. 21, 2009

EMERYVILLE, CA – Scientific Certification Systems(SCS), an international certification body for products with low chemical emissions, continues its pursuit of leadership standards by joining a panel of international experts to address U.S. and European indoor emissions testing and certification protocols.

"The proliferation of EcoLabels in recent years is filling market shelves with a multitude of competing claims. Add to that the fact that each country is a microcosm of the global problem and you realize that there is some harmonization to do," comments Stowe Hartridge-Beam, SCS's panelist and manager of indoor air quality certification programs.

The panel, the first of its kind to share information between United States and Europe, will compare test protocols and emissions limits used in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, France and more. The group hopes to coordinate laboratory testing requirements and outline a set of unified protocols, so that a manufacturer may truthfully tout its products as a "low-emitting material" in countries on both sides of the Atlantic.

Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) has been providing global leadership in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing and standards development for more than 25 years. SCS programs span a wide cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, retailing, and more.

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