ENERGY STAR is a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency voluntary program that helps businesses and individuals save money and protect our climate through superior energy efficiency. To ensure consumer confidence in the ENERGY STAR label and to protect the investment of ENERGY STAR manufacturing partners, EPA requires all ENERGY STAR products to be third-party certified. This requirement includes product testing in an EPA-recognized laboratory that meets international standards for quality and competency, review of the product by an EPA-recognized certification body to determine ENERGY STAR eligibility, and ongoing testing to ensure that products continue to deliver superior energy efficiency and performance.
EPA-recognized laboratories test products according to the test methods referenced in ENERGY STAR specifications. In order for EPA-recognized certification bodies (CBs) to certify a product as ENERGY STAR, the test results for that product must come from an EPA-recognized laboratory. EPA provides recognition to laboratories that are either accredited to ISO/IEC 17025 by an EPA-recognized accreditation body (AB) or participate in a CB’s witnessed or supervised manufacturers’ testing laboratory (W/SMTL) program for the relevant ENERGY STAR test methods. Laboratories may also test products for verification or challenge testing.