Published On: 05-Dec-2017
Bureau Veritas now accredited to audit GECA scheme
Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) is pleased to announce that Bureau Veritas has achieved JAS-ANZ accreditation and has commenced auditing and certification for products and services seeking GECA certification.
GECA requires that all auditing companies, or Conformity Assessment Bodies (CABs), assessing products and services for GECA certification be accredited with JAS-ANZ. JAS-ANZ is the government-appointed accreditation body for Australia and New Zealand responsible for providing accreditation of CABs in the fields of certification and inspection.
“We are thrilled to have Bureau Veritas on board with us to conduct audits for GECA,” said GECA’s CEO, Kate Harris. “Having a third JAZ-ANZ accredited auditing company available means more room for GECA to grow, more competitive options for auditing available to our wonderful licensees, and ultimately a greater range of trusted certified products and services available on the market.”
“We look forward to working with such a well-respected conformity assessment body to certify products that drive sustainable consumption and production practices, both in Australia and internationally,” said Harris.
Bureau Veritas is a Global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC). Created in 1828, the Group has more than 73,000 employees in around 1,400 offices and laboratories in 140 countries and 400,000 clients across the world. Bureau Veritas helps organisations improve their performance by offering services and innovative solutions in order to ensure that their assets, products, infrastructure and processes meet Standards and Regulations in terms of Quality, Health and Safety, Environmental Protection and Social Responsibility.
“We are very excited to be associated with the GECA ecolabelling scheme, which helps stakeholders make good choices in their purchasing decisions in the interests of clients and the environment,” said Sam Guindi, Product Certification Manager at Bureau Veritas. “The JAS-ANZ accreditation is an endorsement of Bureau Veritas' competency, credibility and integrity in conducting GECA conformity assessment activities which provides confidence that we meet the highest standards in the industry.”
Bureau Veritas joins fellow CABs, DLCS International and BSI, in auditing products and services for GECA, expanding the opportunities available for existing and potential GECA licensees to achieve certification.
Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) runs Australia's only independent, not-for-profit, multi-sector ecolabelling programme and is the only Australian member of the Global Ecolabelling Network (GEN). It develops standards against which products can be independently audited by GECA’s JAS-ANZ accredited conformity assessment bodies (CABs). Its standards are developed following ISO 14024 principles for global best practice in ecolabelling.
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