SCS Global Services (SCS), a trusted international leader in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, has partnered with VITO, a premier independent research and technology organisation based in Mol, Belgium, to provide volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions testing for the SCS Indoor Advantage™, SCS Indoor Advantage™ Gold, and FloorScore® certification programs. The VITO Product Emission Competence Centre will conduct the analyses in conformance with the requirements of green building, institutional, and furniture industry-recognised sustainability and environmental claims standards, such as CA Specification 01350 and ANSI/BIFMA M1.1 and X7.1
Before affirming the partnership, SCS verified that VITO is ISO 17025 accredited and meets stringent quality management system guidelines. The VITO Product Emission Competence Centre focuses on specifying, developing and delivering high-quality laboratory and analytical services to product manufacturers, building and environmental consultants, and IAQ specialists. VITO offers a wide range of VOC emission testing services to support manufacturers in creating safe, healthy and sustainable products.
"SCS’ indoor air quality certifications give customers independent assurance that the products they are purchasing meet rigorous standards and contribute to a safer, healthier indoor environment," said Nicole Muñoz, Managing Director of SCS’ Environmental Certification Services division. "In partnering with VITO, we are pleased to be able to support the needs of leading European manufacturers who are seeking trusted, high-quality testing options."
Muñoz noted that the entire suite of SCS indoor air quality certification programs are recognized under the new US Environmental Protection Agency’s Recommendations of Specifications, Standards, and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing.
“By partnering with SCS Global Services, we can provide our customers with a means of reaching an even broader constituency with their healthy indoor air achievements and claims,” said Dr. Marc Lor, Project Manager of VITO. “Our extensive capabilities in VOC emissions testing services perfectly complement SCS' IAQ certification programs, and provide added value to manufacturers in this crowded market.”
VITO is SCS’ third European laboratory partner for VOC emissions testing and the only laboratory partner in Belgium.
VITO is a Belgian leading independent research and technology organization in the areas of cleantech and sustainable development, elaborating solutions for the large societal challenges of today. VITO provides innovative and high-quality solutions, whereby large and small companies can gain a competitive advantage, and advises industry and governments on determining their policy for the future. VITO is a European-notified testing body (notified body number 2695) following CEN/TS 16516 (prEN 16516) and a recognized test institute for many national and international quality labels.
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SCS Global Services has been providing global leadership in third-party environmental and sustainability certification, auditing, testing, and standards development for over 30 years. Its programs span a wide cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, retail, and more. The SCS Kingfisher certification mark is found on an increasing number of products around the world, including products certified under the Indoor Advantage and Indoor Advantage Gold programs. SCS is a chartered benefit corporation, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices.