Apply for Certification
Complete and submit an SCS Application Form. From this, SCS scopes the project and prepares a proposal and work order with a timeline and quote. Upon your approval and signing of the work order, an SCS account manager is assigned to guide you through the certification process.
An SCS auditor reviews product data, corporate documentation, the manufacturing process, product formulation, and test data, and assesses your readiness for an onsite audit. Once sufficient data are collected, the onsite audit is scheduled.
The auditor conducts an onsite audit, observing your operation and interacting with your technical staff to obtain any additional information needed to reach an accurate, supportable evaluation.
A product is submitted to an SCS-approved lab for testing to the California 01350 standard.
The SCS auditor issues a Non-Conformance Report for any non-conformities observed. You respond with corrective actions, and may also comment and responses to the information contained in the report and auditor’s conclusions.
Draft Assessment Report
The SCS auditor prepares a Draft Assessment Report detailing the audit findings, including data analysis, non-conformities, and opportunities for improvement.
An SCS reviewer conducts a final review of the Draft Assessment Report and makes the certification decision. If certification is granted, SCS issues to your company the certificate and final report. Once certified, your company is listed in SCS Green Products Guide, and you are granted the right to use the approved FloorScore® label, consistent with SCS guidelines.
Certification Maintenance and Renewal
Annual desk reviews of the quality system and product performance are required under the standard and are conducted to maintain your certification and support continual improvement. Any renewal testing required will be confirmed by the auditor during the evaluation process consistent with the FloorScore standard.
What types of products are eligible for FloorScore® certification?
Cementitious Flooring Ceramic, Cork Flooring, Flooring Adhesives, Hardwood Engineered and Bamboo Flooring, Laminate Flooring, Linoleum, Polymeric Flooring, Porcelain, Raised Flooring, Rubber Flooring, Underlayments, Vinyl Composite Tile (VCT), Vinyl Sheet Flooring, Vinyl Tile and Luxury Vinyl Tile (LVT), Wall Base, Stair Treads, and Accessories.
What does it take to get certified?
Flooring products must undergo the evaluation process, which includes a review of the product’s formulation and the manufacturing site’s document control system, an onsite audit, and product emissions testing.
What VOCs are tested for the FloorScore emission test?
FloorScore tests for 35 individual Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) specified by the California Standard Method for VOC Emissions Testing and Evaluation (Standard Method V1.1), otherwise known as CA Section 01350.
What are Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs)?
The US EPA defines VOCs as “any compound of carbon, excluding carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, carbonic acid, metallic carbides or carbonates, and ammonium carbonate, which participates in atmospheric photochemical reactions." VOC gases are emitted from certain solids or liquids, and include a variety of organic chemicals, some of which may have short-term and long-term adverse health effects. Concentrations of many VOCs are consistently higher indoors (up to ten times higher) than outdoors. Find more information on VOCs at www.rfci.com.
Do you test for phthalates?
The FloorScore standard is a VOC emission based standard for indoor air quality and does not include phthalates within its scope because it is not considered an emission source when manufactured in products like vinyl flooring. Primary exposure concerns for phthalates occur through ingestion, such as with toys or plastic bottles. Manufacturers may choose to have products tested for phthalate content at a qualified lab. Testing requirements typically follow the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Test Method to Determine Phthalate Content.
Resources available for further information on Phthalates can be found here:
Can SCS tell me a product’s VOC emissions profile that I plan to purchase?
While SCS has access to the emissions results for products it certifies, it is not allowed to disclose a client’s data. For specific emissions data requests, you may contact the manufacturer directly.
Where can I find FloorScore products?
The SCS Green Products Guide has a complete and searchable list of all FloorScore certified products.
How much does FloorScore certification cost?
The cost of FloorScore certification is determined by the specific scope of products and operations to be assessed. To receive a quote for FloorScore certification, please contact an account executive.
Does SCS provide private label FloorScore certification for flooring distributors?
Yes, SCS will work with the distributors and the FloorScore certified manufacturers to undergo private label certification. Please contact an account executive to begin the private label certification process.
I use an Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) to manufacture my products. Can I still qualify for FloorScore certification?
Yes, you may either encourage your manufacturer to become FloorScore certified and then apply for a private label certification based on the OEM’s certificate, or you may pursue certification independently and use the OEM as your product manufacturing site.
Does SCS provide certification support?
SCS provides on-going program support, including staff assistance, marketing and promotional support, and information about new or revised requirements. Certified clients will receive information about the logo approval system and use of SCS trademarks for both on-product and off-product promotions.