It has been awarded since 1978 by the Jury Umweltzeichen, a group of 13 people from environment and consumer protection groups, industry, unions, trade, media and churches.
Blue Angel is the oldest ecolabel in the world, and it covers some 10,000 products in some 80 product categories.
After the introduction of Germany's Blue Angel in 1978 as the first worldwide environmental label, other European and non-European countries followed this example and introduced their own national and supra-regional environmental labels. The common goal of these labels is to inform consumers about environmentally friendly products thereby giving global support to product-related environmental protection.
Core of the area management systems of TÜV Hessen is the certification body with the well-known brand TÜV PROFiCERT. Whether, quality management, environmental management or other management systems, many advantages are in favor of the TÜV Hessen as a partner for your certification.
CE marking is a certification mark that indicates conformity with health, safety, and environmental protection standards for products sold within the European Economic Area (EEA). The CE marking is also found on products sold outside the EEA that are manufactured in, or designed to be sold in, the EEA. This makes the CE marking recognizable worldwide even to people who are not familiar with the European Economic Area. It is in that sense similar to the FCC Declaration of Conformity used on certain electronic devices sold in the United States.
The mark consists of the CE logo and, if applicable, the four digit identification number of the Notified Body involved in the conformity assessment procedure.
"CE" originated in 1985 as an abbreviation of Conformité Européenne, meaning European Conformity, but is not defined as such in the relevant legislation. The CE marking is a symbol of free marketability in the European Economic Area (Internal Market).
The FSC labels deliver guarantees for consumers, but what does FSC certification mean for your business, and why would you consider becoming FSC-certified?
For businesses that manufacture or trade forest products, it is a sign to your customers – consumers or other businesses – that you care about the origin of your products, and the impact on the world of making them, as much as they do. It gives your business credibility.
FSC certification can also open doors into new markets for both forest owners and managers and businesses: many companies and increasingly governments, in fact, have compliance policies that place preference on FSC certification.
More and more people are interested in where products come from, how they are made, and their impact on the world around them. This means eco-credentials are playing an increasingly big role in consumers’ and businesses’ decisions about what they buy.
So, if you are either a forest owner or manager, or a business that produces or trades forest products, it becomes even more important to show that you operate in an environmentally, economically and socially responsible way.
FSC certification is designed to help you do just that. It guarantees your customers that the FSC-labelled product they buy has come from a forest and supply chain that is managed responsibly.
To achieve FSC certification, you must adhere to ten rules that cover the essentials of responsible forest management. These rules apply worldwide, across all ecosystems and cultural, political, and legal systems, with specific guidance provided for local interpretation.
The Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) is an international, non-profit, non-governmental organization which promotes sustainable forest management through independent third party certification. It is considered the certification system of choice for small forest owners.
Its 35 worldwide independent national forest certification systems represent more than 300 million ha of certified forests, making it the largest forest certification system in the world, covering about two-thirds of the globally certified forest area. It is based in Geneva, Switzerland.
SGS (formerly Société Générale de Surveillance (French for General Society of Surveillance)) is a multinational company headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland which provides inspection, verification, testing and certification services. It has more than 97,000 employees and operates over 2,600 offices and laboratories worldwide. It ranked on Forbes Global 2000 in 2015, 2016  and 2017.
The core services offered by SGS include the inspection and verification of the quantity, weight and quality of traded goods, the testing of product quality and performance against various health, safety and regulatory standards, and to make sure that products, systems or services meet the requirements of standards set by governments, standardization bodies or by SGS customers.
ISO 14001 is the international standard that specifies requirements for an effective environmental management system (EMS). It provides a framework that an organization can follow, rather than establishing environmental performance requirement.
Eco homes and green living
Eco friendly homes are becoming more popular, especially with various tv programmed highlighting the move towards renewable sources and self-sustainability. We can all do our bit towards green living, with recycling and energy efficient alternatives, as well as choosing floors that are produced in eco-friendly ways, such as replanting many trees for each one cut down, or using waste wood to power operations, or indeed towns!
Commitment to Quality
BMH is committed to assuring the integrity, impartiality and quality of the products and services we deliver to our clients. As forestry and wood products professionals, we are accredited nationally and/or internationally against the international standards and guides applicable to the certification, inspection and test services we offer.
BMH is independently accredited by International Accreditation Service (IAS) for the provision of third party certification, inspection, and test services as outlined in our scope of accreditation. Each conformity assessment process requires a different set of accreditation requirements. The independent recognition of our capabilities and quality
systems allows you to be confident that the services BMH delivers are properly performed according to applicable international standards.
In addition to independent accreditations, BMH is an authorized Third Party Certifier (TPC) approved by the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to certify manufacturers who produce composite wood products that conform to CARB ATCM 93120 requirements. BMH participates in Inter-Laboratory Comparisons (ILC) conducted periodically by CARB and proud to post laboratory’s 2013 and 2014 ILC performance scores. BMH’s lab number in the 2013 report is “NN” and in the 2014 report is “OO”.
Since Jan 1st, 2012, construction products, decoration and furnishing products to be traded in France for the first time are to be labelled with an emissions classification on the basis of VOC emissions tests. This is stated in the “Décret n° 2011-321” having been published on March 25th, 2011. Since Sept 1st, 2013, this obligatory emissions classification and labelling regulation will also apply to products which are already on the French market. This mark has to be applied additionally to the CE mark (if required for the respective product). The basis of testing is ISO 16000, thus equating that in Germany legally required method the Committee for Health-Related Evaluation of Building Products (AgBB) and the German Institute for Engineering (DIBt) take as basis. Currently the French government is planning to launch also a furniture emissions label. (s.also news)
SCS Global Services one of the oldest, independent providers for environmental and sustainability certifications, auditing, testing, and standards development in the US. Its programmed span a wide cross-section of industries, recognizing achievements in green building, product manufacturing, food and agriculture, forestry, retail, and more. SCS is accredited to provide services under a wide range of nationally and internationally recognized certification programs. SCS is a chartered benefit corporation, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices.