GREENGUARD is a single attribute, third-party certification for low emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the use phase of the product life with the following specific certification programs:
GREENGUARD Indoor Air Quality Certified: A product certification program for low-emitting building materials, furniture, furnishings, finishes, cleaning products, electronics and consumer products.
GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certified: A product certification program for low-emitting building materials, furniture, finishes, cleaning products, electronics and consumer products used in environments where children and other sensitive populations spend extended periods of time. All GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certified products meet the stringent GREENGUARD Children & Schools Certification requirements, including limits outlined in California's Department of Public Health Services Standard Practice for Specification Section 01350, and undergo both annual re-certification and quarterly quality monitoring to ensure ongoing compliance.
GREENGUARD Standard for Cleaners & Cleaning Maintenance Systems: This standard includes a review of measured chemical emissions across a broad range of risk based exposure levels established by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR) of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the State of California Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA), in addition to the requirements of the GREENGUARD Children & Schools Standard. This standard requires product emissions be less than defined risk-based air concentration levels for both acute (short-term) and chronic (long-term) exposures.
GREENGUARD Select Certified: The GREENGUARD Select Certification Program offers manufacturers increased flexibility—and choice—when it comes to communicating their product emissions performance to the marketplace. Participating in this elite program demonstrates market leadership in minimizing chemical exposure from products based on recommendations and requirements from public health agencies.
Type III - Independent third party certification
Greenguard Environmental Institute
Product information not publicly available; - transparent certification criteria, evaluation process
Tests new products for emissions thresholds for formaldehyde, total aldehydes, total volatile organic compounds(TVOCs), and 1/10 of the threshold limit value (TLV) for many other compounds and other chemicals of concern, from 1-7 days after manufacture; GREENGUARD Children & Schools adjusts to allow no greater than 1/100 Threshold Limit Values (TLVs) or no greater than 1/2 California's Chronic Reference Exposure Levels (CRELs), whichever is lower, and limits emissions of phthalates.