Green Business

Statement of Basis for Certification and Labeling Criteria Revision

Status of Project

  •  Project complete, revision issued. 

Project Information and Update

Green Seal’s standards have all been updated with the following changes:

Labeling.
The Labeling section in all Green Seal standards has been updated, affecting:
  • use of the Green Seal Certification Mark
  • description of the basis for certification, fully compliant with the FTC Green Guides (2012)review of environmental claims made for products or services
  • provisions to allow alternate phrasings for the description of the basis for certification
The 2012 revision of the FTC Green Guides established detailed new requirements for transparency and specificity in environmental certification claims.

Foreword. Changes to the Foreword clarify Green Seal policies regarding regulatory compliance, provisions for safety, test methods, and permission to certify to Green Seal standards. The tracking of edition numbers has also been revised, in order to make it easier to keep track of major revisions to the standards.

VOC Criteria for Cleaning Products and Adhesives. 8 relevant standards have been revised in order to align the VOC criteria with the leadership levels set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). A separate notification can be found on the VOC Criterion Revision Project page.

Issuance Notification for Revisions to Use of Certification Mark, and Statement of Basis for Certification, July 12, 2013
GS-1 Sanitary Paper Products, Edition 6.1, July 12, 2013
GS-2 Alternative Fueled Vehicles, Edition 1.1, July 12, 2013
GS-3 Re-Refined Engine Oil, Edition 2.1, July 12, 2013
GS-5 Compact Fluorescent Lamps, Edition 3.1, July 12, 2013
GS-7 Printing and Writing Paper, Edition 6.1, July 12, 2013
GS-8 Cleaning Products for Household Use, Edition 5.1, July 12, 2013
GS-10 Coated Printing Paper, Edition 2.1, July 12, 2013
GS-11 Paints and Coatings, Edition 3.1, July 12, 2013
GS-13 Windows, Edition 2.1, July 12, 2013
GS-15 Newsprint, Edition 1.1, July 12, 2013
GS-16 Reusable Bags, Edition 2.1, July 12, 2013
GS-18 Paper Products Used for Food Preparation, Edition 2.1, July 12, 2013
GS-31 Electric Chillers, Edition 2.1, July 12, 2013
GS-33 Hotels and Lodging Properties, Edition 5.1, July 12, 2013
GS-34 Cleaning and Degreasing Agents, Edition 2.1, July 12, 2013
GS-35 Food Service Packaging, Edition 1.1, July 12, 2013
GS-36 Adhesives for Commercial Use, Edition 2.1, July 12, 2013
GS-37 Cleaning Products for Industrial and Institutional Use, Edition 7.1, July 12, 2013
GS-40 Floor-Care Products for Industrial and Institutional Use, Edition 2.1, July 12, 2013
GS-41 Hand Cleaners for Industrial and Institutional Use, Edition 2.1, July 12, 2013
GS-42 Commercial and Institutional Cleaning Services, Edition 2.1, July 12, 2013
GS-43 Recycled Content Latex Paint, Edition 1.1, July 12, 2013
GS-44 Soaps, Cleansers, and Shower Products, Edition 4.1, July 12, 2013
GS-47 Stains and Finishes, Edition 1.1, July 12, 2013
GS-48 Laundry Care Products for Household Use, Edition 1.1, July 12, 2013
GS-49 Residential Cleaning Services, Edition 1.1, July 12, 2013
GS-50 Personal Care and Cosmetics Products, Edition 1.1, July 12, 2013
GS-51 Laundry Care Products for Industrial and Institutional Use, Edition 1.1, July 12, 2013
GS-52 Specialty Cleaning Products for Household Use, Edition 2.1, July 12, 2013
GS-53 Specialty Cleaning Products for Industrial and Institutional Use, Edition 2.1, July 12, 2013

  

Archives of Notices and Documents

Notice of Changes to the Statements of Basis for Certification - All Green Seal Standards, April 18, 2013


For questions or to request more information, email standards@greenseal.org.