Resilient flooring customers who are interested in the social, environmental and economic sustainability of their purchases are now specifying products certified to the NSF/ANSI 332 standard. With SCS "Sustainable Choice" certification, you can assure your customers that you are engaged in groundbreaking environmental and social practices throughout the product life cycle.
SCS Global Services is a leading third-party certifier of environmental claims in the green building industry. We are also uniquely positioned to provide NSF/ANSI 332 certification as an adjunct service to your RFCI FloorScore® indoor air quality certification, saving you time and money.
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The SCS Certified "Sustainable Choice" mark reinforces your market position, strengthens your message, and can be offered in tandem with FloorScore® certification.
Products eligible for certification include: vinyl tile, vinyl composition tile, sheet vinyl, rubber, poly-olefin or ethylene, and linoleum flooring products in which the wearing surface is non-textile. Also included are flooring accessories such as wall base, moldings, and stair treads. The Standard is applicable to products manufactured in one facility or multiple facilities, one country or multiple countries.
Qualification for the SCS Certified Sustainable Choice mark under the NSF/ ANSI 332 standard for resilient flooring involves assessment of conformance with criteria under six specific categories:
Successful applicants achieve one of four levels of certification, depending on the number of points earned:
Apply for Certification
Complete and submit an SCS Application Form. SCS will scope the project based on information provided in the application and will prepare a proposal for your approval with suggested timeline and quote. Once you approve the proposal, you will sign a Work Order and an account manager will be assigned to guide you through the certification process.
A SCS technical coordinator will help you assemble preliminary data which will be submitted to SCS. SCS will review the product data, corporate documentation, manufacturing process, product formulation, testing, etc., and assess your readiness for an audit. Once sufficient data is collected, an auditor is assigned.
The auditor will conduct an on-site audit to evaluate your data. The auditor will interact with your technical staff to clarify and obtain any additional information that might prove essential to reaching an accurate supportable evaluation.
Draft Assessment Report
The auditor will write a draft assessment report that details the findings of the audit, which will include data analysis, non-conformities, and opportunities for improvement.
Internal peer review
Another qualified SCS auditor will review the report, making any necessary corrections or changes before the report is sent to the client.
You will need to respond to any non-conformities with a corrective action plan. You may also make comments and responses to the information contained in the report and the conclusions drawn by the auditor.
SCS will conduct a final technical review of the assessment report and make the final certification decision. If certification is granted, SCS will issue the certificate and final report to your facility or operation. Once certified, your company is listed in the Green Products Certificate Database and SCS website.
Certification Maintenance and Renewal
Depending on the certification, SCS requires annual audits to maintain your certification and support continual improvement.
SCS is the leading brand in third-party sustainability certification based on our strong technical expertise and reputable and consistent track record. SCS Certification to the NSF/ANSI 332 Sustainability Standard qualifies you to:
NSF/ANSI 332 is a multi-attribute standard, while FloorScore is a single-attribute standard. NSF/ANSI 332 is a point-based system based on life cycle assessment approach. Certification to a multi-attribute standard is demonstrating a level of environmental commitment beyond just offering a green product. It proves that you have progressive corporate governance and believe in social equity.
You can assess your company against the standard for conformance, but you cannot claim to achieve Certification without third-party verification.