Baltimore, MD (PRWEB) December 6, 2010
Testing and certification organization MET Laboratories has received recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as a Certification Body (CB) under the enhanced ENERGY STAR® program. The EPA recognition establishes MET as an independent third-party eligible to certify products to ENERGY STAR energy efficiency requirements.
Effective January 1, 2011, third party certification from an EPA-recognized CB will be required for manufacturers that want their products ENERGY STAR labeled. Additionally, manufacturers will comply with post-market verification testing to validate continuing energy performance.
MET Labs can now qualify and verify that products meet ENERGY STAR requirements by testing them in its EPA-recognized laboratories, by witness or supervised testing at manufacturers' labs, or by verifying testing data from other EPA-recognized third-party labs.
“We are pleased the EPA has recognized the considerable energy efficiency testing and certification capabilities of MET Laboratories,” says MET President Robert Frier. “This recognition serves as a strong complement to our IECEE Certification Body (CB Scheme) recognition for product safety, and our Telecommunications Certification Body (TCB) recognition for FCC radio and telephone equipment certification.”
The EPA recognition covers a broad range of products, including: televisions, computers (notebooks, game consoles, thin clients, desktops, workstations, small-scale servers), computer servers, telephony, imaging equipment, battery charging systems & new and rebuilt refrigerated beverage vending machines. MET plans to broaden the scope of its recognition over the coming months.
Previously, MET was named by EPA as a recognized laboratory. As an EPA-recognized laboratory, MET is authorized to test televisions, computers, battery charging systems & new and rebuilt refrigerated beverage vending machines.
MET Laboratories is one of a handful of laboratories to earn recognition by the EPA as an approved certification body. Recognized certification bodies are required to comply with ISO/IEC 17025 for testing, calibrations and sampling, as well as be accredited to ISO/IEC Guide 65 for bodies operating product certification systems.
For more about MET's ENERGY STAR services, please visit: http://www.metlabs.com/Industries/Energy-Star-Testing.aspx
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