R2 attains ANSI accreditation

R2 attains ANSI accreditation


SERI (Sustainable Electronics Recycling International), Boulder, Colorado, says that as of Sept. 1, 2015, its R2 (Responsible Recycling Practices) standards development process has been accredited by theAmerican National Standards Institute (ANSI), Washington.

“The accreditation is an affirmation that SERI’s process is consistent with ANSI’s Essential Requirements for Due Process, which constitutes the recognized benchmark for voluntary consensus standards bodies,” SERI states in a news release announcing the accreditation.

“SERI has always been committed to an open, transparent, consensus-based standards development process for the R2 Standard,” says John Lingelbach, executive director of SERI. “Now the process has ANSI’s formal stamp of approval.”

SERI says the accreditation “is especially significant because the United States government places a premium on the use of voluntary consensus standards in its procurement and regulatory activities.”

According to SERI, U.S. federal policy on the use of voluntary consensus standards is based on Section 12(d) of P.L. 104-113, the “National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995. (NTTAA).” The NTTAA states that (with minimal exceptions), “all Federal agencies and departments shall use technical standards that are developed or adopted by voluntary consensus standards bodies, using such technical standards as a means to carry out policy objectives or activities determined by the agencies and departments.”

More recently, Presidential Executive Order 13693 – Planning for Federal Sustainability in the Next Decade – appears to have reinforced the government’s commitment in this area by emphasizing the use of “environmental performance criteria developed or adopted by voluntary consensus standards bodies.”

“SERI and other voluntary consensus standards bodies are distinguished by their commitment to openness, balance of interests, due process, an appeals process and consensus,” says Lingelbach. “ANSI accreditation confirms SERI’s commitment to these principles and will clearly differentiate the R2 Standard in the marketplace.”

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