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Third-party laboratories are required to maintain accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025, but must all testing be conducted under the scope of that accreditation for purposes of ENERGY STAR? Follow

Yes. EPA'S requirements for third-party laboratories specify that these laboratories must be accredited by an EPA-recognized accreditation body. Any testing these laboratories conduct for purposes of ENERGY STAR is required by EPA to be performed using the processes, procedures, personnel, equipment, facilities, etc. that fulfill accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025. To ensure that all testing for ENERGY STAR is covered under the laboratory's 17025 scope, certification bodies are responsible for ensuring that all testing and test reports from these laboratories meet all requirements of ENERGY STAR when certifying products. The use of other equipment, processes, procedures,  subcontractors, other third parties, or any other person or group at the same facility that are not specifically covered by a laboratory's 17025 scope of accreditation is not permitted by the EPA for testing for ENERGY STAR.


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