GECA cracks down on incorrect labelling

Manufacturers making misleading claims about their compliance or otherwise to Good Environmental Choice Australia (GECA) standards without having undergone a thorough independent assessment may be subject to prosecution under the Trade Practices Act.

GECA was recently made aware that some manufacturers have made misleading claims about their products’ compliance to GECA standards, stating it is highly inappropriate for manufacturers that have not undergone the rigorous and thorough assessment process carried out by GECA to claim compliance with any of its standards.

Such manufacturers may be:

  • Intentionally misleading consumers.
  • Stating compliance without having undertaken any independent testing.
  • Misrepresenting which products may meet the requirements of the standard.
  • Incorrectly interpreting the requirements of the standard.

GECA makes considerable efforts to ensure that only the most environmentally preferable and high quality products are awarded GECA certification and the international recognition this entails. This is ensured by the rigorous product-specific assessment procedures carried out by GECA technical experts on each and every product certified under a GECA standard.

It is highly unlikely that any product claiming to comply with GECA standards without having first been assessed by GECA is of comparable environmental preference or quality to a genuine GECA certified product. Customers should be aware that only products carrying the protected Good Environmental Choice label are compliant to GECA standards, regardless of the claims by other manufacturers whose products do not bear the Good Environmental Choice label.

Who is the GECA?

GECA is the national life cycle based environmental labelling program for consumer and building products, offering an independent ecolabel on the basis of environmental preference of products and services. With the growth and increasing sophistication of the green procurement markets, the value and assurance provided by the Good Environmental Choice label is a key driver for effective shifts in the market towards lower environmental impact products.

Verification process:

GECA has now certified over $1.2 billion worth of consumer and building products on the market from over 75 manufacturers delivering over 400 different product lines. Certified manufacturers undergo a comprehensive verification of their products environmental attributes in conformance to the GECA standard requirements as developed under ISO 14 024 — the international standard for third party environmental labelling bodies.

The GECA standards are among the most stringent environmental benchmarks for consumer and building products in Australia. The Good Environmental Choice label is internationally recognised as the mark of life-cycle based environmental preference for Australia.

If you are aware of any such breaches in relation to the use of the label or our standards please direct them to the GECA Head Office.

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