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Design for the Environment (DFE)

Design for the Environment (DFE) logo

The Design for the Environment Safer Product Labeling Program advances EPA's mission to protect human health and the environment. The program uses EPA's chemical knowledge and resources to carefully evaluate products and to label only those that have met the program's leadership standard. By allowing use of the logo on products, EPA empowers consumers and commercial purchasers to select safer, effective chemical products that do not sacrifice quality or performance—and are safer for people and the planet. Design for the Environment labels a variety of chemical-based products, like all-purpose cleaners, laundry detergents, and carpet and floor care products.

Learn more: Design for the Environment (DFE) websiteExternal Site

Conformity assessment | How is compliance with this ecolabel's standard ensured?

Conformity with Design for the Environment (DFE)'s standard is verified by an independent organization (third party) following ISO 17021 Management system certification, ISO 17025 Testing and Calibration Laboratories, ISO / IEC Guide 65 Product Certification, ISO 17020 - Inspection

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Applicants are certified against the ecolabels’s criteria before using the label

Managing organization | Who manages this ecolabel?

Name

Environmental Protection Agency

Member of

Other

Type

Government

Also manages

None.

Member of: This organization follows good government practices. Accreditation under these groups is not needed, but government organizations already have procedures in place for resolving conflicts, reaching out to interested stakeholders, and achieving consensus.


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Ecolabel details | What are the characteristics of the standard(s) related to this ecolabel?

  • Applicable life cycle and supply chain phases
  • Social and environmental attributes
  • Mutual recognition with other ecolabels
  • Standard details, including standard document, review frequency

Ecolabel development | How were the standards for this ecolabel developed?

  • Standard development and management process
  • Standard-setting norms followed for development of the ecolabel's standard
  • Type of standard-setting process, external stakeholders, and funding sources

Conformity Assessment | How is compliance with this ecolabel's standard ensured?

  • Requirements to achieve certification (i.e. chain of custody, site visits, metrics)
  • Audit / surveillance requirements
  • Duration of certification, time to achieve certification

Managing organization | Who manages this ecolabel?

  • Contact details, primary contact
  • Organizational details including year established, funding, and governance

Additional information | Including:

  • Compliance type (pass / fail / tiered)
  • Target audience (consumers / retailers / manufacturers / etc)

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Key data

Year ecolabel est. 1997

Classification | Who, what, where

Product categories this ecolabel applies to
Building products Cleaning products Other

Other categories: Inks, paints, holding tank treatments, conversion coatings, icemelt products, tire balancing products


Where this ecolabel is found
Australia Canada China Japan Mexico New Zealand United States



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Last updated: 25 June 2013