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. Audit SCS will conduct the certification audit, which will include an on-site inspection of your facility. 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.
Make Certification Decision
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 will receive a certificate and logos and is listed in the Green Products Certificate Database on the SCS website.
Certification Maintenance and Renewal
SCS requires annual surveillance audits to maintain your certification.