ANAB has announced that it will assume management responsibilities for the ANSI/MSE 50021 Superior Energy Performance (SEP) verification body accreditation program, effective from the first quarter of 2016.
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and ANAB made the joint decision that the SEP accreditation program would benefit from consolidated management under one accreditation body. This will create greater efficiencies in the day-to-day operations of the program and leverage synergies between ISO 50001 and SEP.
Currently, the program is co-managed by ANSI and ANAB in order to harmonize the accreditation process with the existing ANAB ISO/IEC 17021 and ISO 50001 process, while recognizing the inherent similarities between energy use and GHG accounting and verification. ANSI operates an accreditation program for organizations providing third-party validation and verification services for GHG assertions based on ISO 14065.
Accreditation requirements for the program are contained in ANSI/MSE 50028, a standard created by ANSI accredited standards developer Georgia Tech Energy and Sustainability Services based on ISO/IEC 17021.
The accredited certification program supports the U.S. Department of Energy lead initiative, which recognizes leadership in energy management through verified improved energy performance. To achieve SEP certification, facilities must undergo a rigorous verification process accredited by ANSI-ANAB.
ANSI and ANAB remain dedicated to working together to ensure that opportunities for collaboration between the GHG and SEP programs are realized.
The transition from an ANSI-ANAB joint accreditation to an ANAB accreditation is expected to be seamless for all affected parties. ANAB said that it will provide details regarding the timeline, requirements, and responsible parties involved with the SEP transition to an ANAB accreditation.