美国自愿性标准体系的协调者，美国国家标准协会（ANSI）已延长认证机构申请ANSI / LEO-4000美国可持续农业国家标准认可项目试点的期限。该试点项目的申请截止期限从2017年3月10日推迟至2017年5月10日。
ANSI是由 Leonardo（莱昂纳多）协会选择的负责根据ANSI / LEO-4000对有意开展认证规划的认证机构（CB）进行认可。Leonardo协会是一家非营利性组织，致力于协调竞争市场以期改善环境和促进可持续发展。ANSI就是开展CB认可项目试点的实体。
认证机构需经ANSI认可后方可开展关于ANSI/LEO-4000标准的认证。同时认证机构还被要求遵守该标准中的适用要求和过程，ISO/IEC 17065：合格评定，即机构认证产品、生产过程和服务的要求，以及ANSI Policy – PL – 102产品认证项目认可操作手册。在顺利通过一系列ANSI评定后，如果认证机构的表现符合这些要求，那ANSI就会依照ISO/IEC 17065和 ANSI/LEO-4000美国国家农业可持续发展标准认可认证机构认证资格。
ANSI认可项目符合ISO/IEC 1701 合格评定—认可机构认可合格评定机构的总要求，这它代表着要求授权机构的最高国际惯例。ANSI的认可服务包括有关所有类型的认证和验证机构的项目，包括产品、人员、温室气体排放以及标准制定机构。
ANSI Extends Deadline for Certification Bodies: Apply to the ANSI/LEO-4000 American National Standard for Sustainable Agriculture
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization system, has extended the application deadline for certification bodies (CBs) to apply to the Pilot Accreditation Program for the ANSI/LEO-4000 American National Standard for Sustainable Agriculture. The application deadline for the pilot has been extended from March 10, 2017, to May 10, 2017.
ANSI was selected by Leonardo Academy, a nonprofit organization dedicated to leveraging the competitive market to improve the environment and advance sustainability, to accredit certification bodies (CBs) that intend to operate certification programs in accordance with the ANSI/LEO-4000, American National Standard for Sustainable Agriculture. ANSI is the entity conducting the Pilot CB Accreditation Program.
Leonardo Academy will provide training via webinar for CBs and potential users of the standard who are participating in the pilot, who are considering participating in the pilot, and for interested parties in general.
A two-hour training session will be held on March 21, 2017, at 3:00 PM EDT. The session will also be available for on-demand viewing. Sign up and access the live webinar via ANSI’s registration link. To request a copy of the on-demand training, please send an email to email@example.com.
To obtain an application for the Pilot Accreditation Program, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, and contact Reinaldo Figueiredo (email@example.com; 202.331.3611), ANSI senior program director for product and process accreditation, or Elizabeth Okutuga (EOkutuga@ansi.org; 202.331.3627), ANSI program coordinator for ANSI's product certification accreditation program.
About the ANSI-LEO-4000 Standard
ANSI/LEO-4000 is a comprehensive sustainable agriculture standard that addresses all three aspects of sustainability: environmental stewardship, social responsibility, and economic prosperity. This standard empowers the entire agricultural supply chain, from producers to consumers, to advance sustainability. The standard provides clear communication of farm production sustainability achievements down the supply chain, and clear communication of buyer requests for farm production sustainability achievements up the supply chain. The standard also provides buyers and sellers with reliable benchmarking through four levels of certification (bronze through platinum), and a structure that encourages continuous improvement strategies.
The users of this standard include producers, investors, processors, manufacturers, distributors, food service providers, retailers, and consumers. This standard currently addresses agricultural crops and will be expanded to address animal production in the future. It was developed by the Leonardo Academy, an ANSI-accredited standards developer, and has been approved by ANSI as an American National Standard.
About the Pilot Accreditation Program for CBs
To promote and ensure the integrity of sustainability claims made about farm production and products made from farm production, from producers down the supply chain to consumers, third-party verification by certification bodies (CBs) adds an important layer of confidence and quality assurance. The CBs assess performance under the standard's requirements and continually monitor adherence to the standard. To provide this service, CBs are assessed by an accreditation body such as ANSI against requirements detailed in the ANSI/LEO-4000 American National Standard for Sustainable Agriculture and in the Accreditation and Certification Procedures Manual for Accreditation Bodies and Certification Bodies for the ANSI-LEO-4000, American National Standard for Sustainable Agriculture. The main purpose of these procedures is to assure credible, consistent, and reliable implementation of this standard and of the communication of achievements under this standard through a third-party accredited oversight process.
CBs seeking accreditation by ANSI to conduct certification for the ANSI/LEO-4000 American National Standard for Sustainable Agriculture are required to comply with applicable requirements and processes detailed in the standard, as well as with ISO/IEC 17065, Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services, and ANSI Policy – PL – 102, Manual of Operations for Accreditation of Product Certification Programs. Following the completion of a successful ANSI assessment of their competence in accordance with these requirements, CBs will be granted ANSI accreditation of their process in accordance with ISO/IEC 17065 and the ANSI/LEO-4000 American National Standard for Sustainable Agriculture scheme.
ANSI’s accreditation program meets the requirements of ISO/IEC 1701, Conformity assessment - General requirements for accreditation bodies accrediting conformity assessment bodies, which represents the highest internationally accepted practices for accreditation bodies. The Institute’s portfolio of accreditation services includes programs for all types of certification and verification bodies, including those for products, personnel, and greenhouse gas emissions as well as standards developers.
About Leonardo Academy
Leonardo Academy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to leveraging the competitive market to improve the environment and advance sustainability. By utilizing an interdisciplinary approach to sustainability strategies, education, and implementation, the organization strives to make sustainability practical for everyone. Leonardo Academy has been an ANSI-accredited standards developer since 2006.
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