How do ENERGY STAR partners qualify products under the third‐party certification requirements?
ENERGY STAR partners had historically been able to test their products in any laboratory of their choice, and submit product data directly to EPA for review pursuant to qualification. Under the new requirements, which were effective January 1, 2011, partners are required to have their products certified by an EPA-recognized Certification Body (CB) of their choice. Upon certification of a product, the CB will notify the partner that the product meets the ENERGY STAR requirements and will submit the qualified product data to EPA for listing on the ENERGY STAR website. See a flowchart describing the details of the new procedure.