Environmental Claims Validation

Validating the Accuracy of Your Claims

What is Environmental Claims Validation?

In today’s environmentally savvy market, substantiating claims of environmental accomplishment is essential. While some claims fit neatly into existing certifications or can be evaluated against local, national or international standards, others are more ambiguous. An Environmental Claims Validation (ECV) from SCS can help communicate clearly in the market sustainability attributes of your product that are third-party verified providing confidence to consumers. Many claims will be based on testing performed by ISO 17025 accredited laboratories. SCS can evaluate test results and examine your quality system to issue ECV certification based on that testing. Formulation verification can sometimes be the basis for claims as well. ECVs are renewed annually. Some common ECVs include No Added Formaldehyde, Totally Chlorine Free, Phthalate-Free, Rapidly Renewable, Reduced Carbon Footprint and compliance with California Senate Bill 270 for Plastic feedstocks for reusable plastic bags.

Why Choose SCS?

For nearly 40 years, SCS Global Services has been a global leader in third-party certification, auditing and verification. Our Customer Surveys confirm that SCS stands out for our exceptional responsiveness and customer service. SCS experts can help you determine if your product claim can be validated based on testing, formulation, or other documentation. The Environmental Claim Validation (ECV) logo can definitively communicate your claim to your customers giving them confidence in their buying decision that your claims are backed by science. Reduce reputational risk by validating your claim.

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Energy Efficiency
SCS validates energy efficiency claims for any product in relationship to a current baseline for that product category.

No Added Formaldehyde
SCS will validate no added formaldehyde, no urea-formaldehyde, phenol formaldehyde and urea-extended formaldehyde (as relevant) through content, and emission testing results, document review, and supplier statements.

SCS will validate products do not contain DEHP, DBP, BBP, DINP, DIDP and DnOP. Products will be validated using content testing results, document review, and supplier statements.

Rapidly Renewable
SCS validates that a natural resource regenerates fully within a ten-year period without being genetically modified or without being produced using toxic chemicals.

Zero or Reduced VOC Content
Using universally recognized methods for determining volatile organic compound content in products, SCS validates that individual VOCs are absent, or are present within a range set by the California Air Resources Board (CARB), US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), or the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). SCS can also validate total VOC (TVOC) content and semi-volatile organic compound content.

Custom Claims
SCS will engage with your team to identify additional claims that you would like to have validated.

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