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 third-party certification, you can assure your customers that you are engaged in groundbreaking environmental and social practices throughout the product life cycle.
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, and in one country or multiple countries.
Qualification for the SCS Certified 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 scopes the project based on information provided in the application and prepares a proposal for your approval with a suggested timeline and quote. Once you approve the proposal, you sign a Work Order. An SCS account manager is be assigned to guide you through the certification process.
An SCS technical coordinator helps you assemble preliminary data that will be submitted to SCS. SCS reviews the product data, corporate documentation, manufacturing process, product formulation, testing, etc., and assesses your readiness for an audit. Once sufficient data is collected, an auditor is assigned.
The auditor conducts an on-site audit to evaluate your data. The auditor interacts 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 writes a draft assessment report that details the findings of the audit, which includes data analysis, non-conformities, and opportunities for improvement.
Internal peer review
A qualified SCS representative reviews the report, making any necessary corrections or changes before the report is sent to the client.
You 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 conducts a final technical review of the assessment report and makes the final certification decision. If certification is granted, SCS issues the certificate and final report to your facility or operation. Once certified, your company is listed in the Green Products Certificate Database on the SCS website.
Certification Maintenance and Renewal
Periodic audits as required under the standard are conducted to maintain your certification and support continual improvement.
SCS Certification to the NSF/ANSI 332 Sustainability Standard:
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 the product life cycle.
You can assess your company against the standard for conformance, but you cannot claim to achieve certification without third-party verification.
NSF/ANSI 332 - NSF Bookstore