Become an SEP Verification Body

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Conformity assessment bodies can use DOE technical resources to expand their services to customers pursuing ISO 50001 and Superior Energy Performance® (SEP®) certification. Only ANAB-accredited SEP Verification Bodies can certify facilities to SEP.

SEP Verification Bodies are required to:

  • conform to the ANSI/MSE 50028 standard,
  • obtain ANAB accreditation, and
  • sign an SEP participation agreement with the SEP Administrator (U.S. Department of Energy).

ANSI/MSE 50028 specifies the principles and requirements for bodies that undertake verification of energy performance and energy management systems. (This American National Standard is based on the international ISO 17021 Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies providing audit and certification of management systems.)

SEP Verification Bodies assign certified experts to the audit team. The professionals that conduct the audit to certified facilities to SEP are certified by the Institute for Energy Management Professionals. Learn how to become an SEP Auditor or find an SEP Auditor.

To apply for SEP accreditation, and request pricing information and program agreements, contact Tina Garner at (414) 501-5481 or

Shortly after issuing an SEP Certificate, SEP Verification Bodies submit the SEP Energy Performance Improvement Report to the SEP Administrator. SEP 2012 and SEP 2017 versions of the report are available.


ANAB is the only accreditation body that can issue accreditation needed to become an SEP Verification Body. For more details, visit The ANAB accreditation procedure consists of the following steps:


Interested conformity assessment bodies (CAB) incorporate ANSI/MSE requirements into their documented management system, select trained and qualified audit team members, and file an application for accreditation with ANAB.

Documentation review

ANAB assigns an accreditation team to review the candidate Verification Body's application and supporting documentation to check for completeness of the application and to determine if the applicant is ready to proceed to the assessment stage of the accreditation process.

Witness assessment

ANAB assesses the audit team’s competence and conformance by observing the Verification Body conducting a stage 1 and stage 2 audit.

Office assessment

ANAB conducts an office assessment (normally on-site) to ensure the Verification Body’s verification process for SEP conforms with ANSI/MSE 50028.

Surveillance assessments

ANAB will conduct an annual office assessment, and annually witness the Verification body conducting an SEP verification. Annual witnessed audits will be initial certification (stages 1 and 2) or recertification audits.


The accreditation period initially shall be four years. When possible, the accreditation period will coincide with the CAB’s other ANAB accreditation periods.


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