The following links provide information on certification programs that are relevant to electronics recycling, refurbishment, remanufacturing or sustainable product design. These links are provided for information services only and should not be construed as an endorsement of these programs by SEI, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) or any affiliated organization.

Please note that information on electronic product eco-labels (e.g. EPEAT, ENERGY STAR, Nordic Swan, Eco-Flower, etc.) is available in the Consumer Information area of the SEI web site.

If you are aware of additional programs that should be included upon this list, please send your suggestions to Joy Scrogum.

End-of-Life Management

e-Stewards Certification Program: The Basel Action Network (BAN) has designed and developed a system by which recyclers, refurbishers, and processors may obtain independent third-party certification of their conformance with the e-Stewards Standard. This certification will first be offered in the United States and Canada through the ANSI/ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB), which is internationally recognized as the source for accreditation http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7d/New_e-Stewards_Logo.jpgfor the certification of management systems in the United States. See an overview of the e-Stewards standard, and the "Introduction to Certification" section of the e-stewards site. If you are interested in locating e-stewards, you may search the e-Stewards web site for companies in your area.


R2:2013 logoResponsible Recycling (R2) Practices for Use in Accredited Certification Programs: This is a set of guidelines for accredited certification programs to assess electronics recyclers' environmental, worker health and safety, and security practices. Beginning in January 2006, U.S. EPA facilitated a multi-stakeholder group to develop this document. The voluntary R2 practices include general principles and specific practices for recyclers disassembling or reclaiming used electronics equipment including those electronics that are exported for refurbishment and recycling. The R2 practices are not legal requirements and do not replace electronics recyclers' legal obligations. Electronics recyclers that adhere to this set of R2 practices are doing so on a voluntary basis. If a requirement of this document conflicts with an applicable legal requirement, the recycler must adhere to the legal requirement. R2 Solutions (R2S) was a non-profit organization established to house the R2 Standard. This organization eventually was replaced by the non-profit Sustainable Electronics Recycling Internationa (SERI) as the housing body for the R2 Standard. In addition to conducting educational and outreach services and administrative support for the multi-stakeholder R2 Technical Advisory Committee, SERI "has a broader educational mission – it also will focus on expanding safe and sustainable electronics recycling education, practices and capacity around the world." The R2 Technical Advisory Committee, R2 Solutions Staff, and the R2 Solutions Board of Directors all transitioned to SERI. As of January 1, 2015, the currently recognized version of the R2 Standard is R2:2013. "The R2:2013 Standard was developed by the R2 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) as the next generation of the standard which will clarify requirements of the R2:2008 Practices, improve the readability and understanding of the standard, provide additional best practices, and enhance the quality of certification." The R2:2013 Standard and documents may be downloaded at http://www.sustainableelectronics.org/r2-documents/. See "Certify a Facility" for more information on the certification process. To find R2 certified recyclers in your area, see "Find a Recycler."

Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries, Inc. (ISRI) Recycling Industry Operating Standard (RIOS) Certification Program: ISRI has adopted the Responsible Recycling Practices for Use in Accredited Certification http://www.certifymerecycling.org/sites/default/files/thumbnail.pngPrograms for Electronics Recyclers ("R2") into its RIOS certification program to create "R2/RIOS." RIOS (Recycling Industry Operating Standard) is an integrated management system standard that combines the management of quality, environmental, occupational health and safety (QEH&S) issues into a single unified system. Developed specifically by and for the scrap recycling industry, RIOS provides a systematic framework for recycling facilities to use to achieve measurable, continual improvement in their QEH&S performance, without the need to spend time and money in developing and implementing three different systems. R2 is an independent set of voluntary operational practices specific to electronics recycling. The practices were developed by a multi-stakeholder effort, led by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The group included representatives from federal and state governments, recyclers, electronics manufacturers and trade associations. The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board ("ANAB") and ISRI Services Corportation (ISC) collaborate to maintain third-party auditing of R2/RIOS facilities. For more information, see the "Certify Me" web site.

Life Cycle Analysis

Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) Professional Certification: The American Center for Life Cycle Assessment(ACLCA) offers a professional life cycle analysis certification. In order to obtain the certification, applicants must demonstrate experiance in performing life cycle analyses and must pass a stringent exam, which is only offered through ACLCA. In order to be eligible for the LCA Professional Examination, the candidate must meet one of the following four criteria.

1. Have a undergraduate or graduate degree in life cycle analysis

2. Have a degree in environmental science or engineering and have experiance in performing a life cycle analysis

3. Gained LCA skills through experiance and submit a critically reviewed or peer-reviewed and published LCA

4. Have college level class work in: general chemistry, statistics, economics, system analysis or system dynamics, environmental toxology and experiance in performing an LCA