– ISO 14024

ISO 14024: rules for a third party certification

The ISO 14024 standard establishes the principles and procedures for ecolabels and certifications that include indpendent verification, ensuring that consumers and professional purchasers are given accurate, comparable information.

This standard, set by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), includes the selection of product categories, product environmental criteria and product function characteristics, and for assessing and demonstrating compliance.

The definition of an ISO 14024 Type 1 label is: “a voluntary, multiple-criteria based, third party program that awards a license that authorizes the use of environmental labels on products indicating overall environmental preferability of a product within a particular product category based on life cycle considerations.”

Guiding principles of ISO 14024

This is an overview of the standard. For full information, contact ISO.

5.1 Voluntary nature
5.2 ISO 14020 Principles apply
5.3 Applicants comply with environmental and other relevant legislation
5.4 Criteria development includes comprehensive life cycle consideration approach
5.5 Environmental criteria differentiate environmentally preferable products from others
5.6 Criteria based on indicators arising from life cycle considerations. Criteria set at attainable and measurable levels
5.7 Fitness for purpose and levels of performance [of products] taken into account in developing criteria
5.8 Criteria are set with a predefined validity period. Criteria and product function requirements are reviewed, and potentially revised, within a predefined time period
5.9 Formal open participation process for selection and review of product categories, environmental criteria and product function characteristics
5.10 All [product] environmental criteria and function cha