Green Business

green seal recertification

Green Seal’s standards are periodically revised to advance the marketplace and to ensure that products and services bearing the Green Seal certification mark are still environmental leaders in their market.

When the revised Green Seal standard is issued, all products and services certified to the previous edition of the standard must complete Green Seal’s recertification process within 12 months of the issuance of the revised standard. The recertification process ensures that all products and services are in conformance with the new edition of the respective Green Seal standard. Any products or services that do not complete the recertification process will no longer be Green Seal certified. Products and services must have completed the recertificaiton process before the 12-month deadline to maintain listing on the Green Seal website and continue to use the Green Seal certification mark. The recertification process typically includes a one-time fee to cover the re-evaluation of the products and services. This fee does not modify or replace the compliance monitoring fee.

Steps to Recertification:

  • Step 1: Submit a Preliminary Certification Request, selecting the “Recertification” version of the standard on the form.
  • Step 2: A member of Green Seal's certification staff will contact you regarding the recertification process to answer your questions and provide you the fee and agreement/re-evaluation form. Once these are returned to Green Seal you will proceed to step 3.
  • Step 3: You will be contacted by your Project Manager who will begin the re-evaluation process. This is the step where you will provide your data and materials for it to be evaluated by Green Seal. Once Green Seal finds that the products or services are in conformance with the new edition of the standard you will proceed to step 4.
  • Step 4: Issuance of the recertification; the recertification process is complete.

GS-1 Sanitary Paper Products Recertification

Green Seal issued the Third Edition to the Green Seal Standard for Sanitary Paper Products, GS-1, on December 15, 2010. Products certified under the Second Edition of the GS-1 Standard for Tissue Paper and the First Edition of the GS-9 Standard for Paper Towels and Napkins must complete the recertification process for conformance under the Third Edition of GS-1 by December 15, 2011 in order to maintain their Green Seal Certification.

Forms and Fee Schedule: 
Tools for GS-1 Re-evaluation: