The Environmental Protection Agency announced in a letter to stakeholders that it had finalized many of the lab accreditation standards that it would need to have in place by the end of the year. The letter reads, "The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has finalized its Conditions and Criteria for Recognition of Accreditation Bodies (AB) for ENERGY STAR Laboratory Recognition (“AB Requirements”) and Conditions and Criteria for Recognition of Laboratories for the ENERGY STAR Program (“Lab Requirements”). These final requirements are an important step in the enhanced testing and verification effort that EPA intends to have in place for all ENERGY STAR qualified products at the end of the year."More information, including the accreditation requirements, can be found at