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APEX/ASTM 3rd Party Certification

Third Party Certification

GMIC is proud to endorse iCompli as the third party certifier to the ASTM/APEX standard. In a process which involved engaging key stakeholders and following rigid internal policies for endorsement, this relationship was established to ensure credible market place adoption and usage of the standards. CLICK HERE for more information about this endorsement. 

What is the difference between 1st, 2nd, and 3rd party certification?

Per the key terms from Unites States Conformity Assessment Principles document published by ANSI (American National Standards Institute), they are as follows:

FIRST PARTY- is generally the person or organization that provides the object, such as the supplier. (GMIC – i.e. the Venue reviews the requirements and creates a self-check list).

SECOND PARTY- is usually a person or organization that has a user interest in the product, such as the customer. (GMIC – i.e. a sustainability consultant, subject matter expert that has provides guidance/advice/training, tec. to others for a fee and/or helping an entity become certified. Many of the GMIC member community fall into this category).

THIRD PARTY- is a person or body that is recognized as being independent of the person or organization that provides the object, as well as the user or customer of the object. (GMIC – i.e. iCompli).

How do I begin the certification process?

Step 1: Determine Scope of Operation

Determine which of the 9 sectors is relevant to your operation. For some suppliers, your operation may cover more than one sector. For example a Venue may also operate Food and Beverage.

Step 2: Purchase Standard Relevant to Your Operation

Visit the Convention Industry Council website to learn more about obtaining the standard.


Purchase directly from ASTM.

Step 3: Register Your Project with GMIC

CLICK HERE to register your project.

Step 4: Obtain Submission Form·

Contact iCompli to review their certification process and obtain the relevant Submission Form that describes the evidence and documentation needed to prove your compliance to the standard.

Step 5: Get Started!

Conduct a gap analysis of your current practices using the iCompli Submission Form for your sector and determine level of certification you wish to obtain. Once this goal is established, get started with the necessary action steps for implementation.

Step 6: Share Your Story

You can also share your story, lessons learned, and motivation with others. We would love to hear from you!


What is the typical investment for the certification process?

First, register your project with GMIC (as noted above) at the project registration fee of USD$300. (Current GMIC members-in-good-standing are extended a 10% discount on this fee).

Once registered, certification fees range from USD$3,000 - $6,000 depending on the standard against which you are certifying.

Every two years, a re-certificaiton is required at a cost of half the initial certification rate in effect at that time.