Raising the Standard for Cleaning & Disinfection

Welcome to the GBAC STAR™ information page. 

If you’re a visitor to a GBAC STAR Accredited Facility, or if you’re an employee working in an accredited space, you may be wondering what GBAC STAR means.

Simply put, GBAC STAR means that the facility is
cleaning and disinfecting to a higher standard. This standard is built on scientific knowledge of how to properly mitigate infectious diseases and other biohazards. 

You’ll find the GBAC STAR Facility seal in large public venues, small local businesses, and all facility types located around the world.   

GBAC STAR means that a facility knows how to PREPARE, RESPOND, and RECOVER from infectious disease outbreaks and biohazard situations.

GBAC STAR is an important indicator of a facility’s thoroughness with cleaning, disinfection, and prevention.

GBAC stands for “Global Biorisk Advisory Council” and is a specialty division of ISSA, the world’s leading trade association for the cleaning industry.

The word “STAR” was chosen for facility accreditation because the GBAC STAR program requires facilities to attain higher protocols to keep their spaces clean and safe for occupancy.

When you enter a GBAC STAR Accredited Facility, it’s what you can’t see that counts. A facility may look and smell clean, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the space has been properly cleaned and thoroughly disinfected.

The GBAC STAR seal is reserved only for facilities that maintain the right protocols for cleaning and indicates that the space has been disinfected to higher standards.

When you see the GBAC STAR seal, you’ll have the assurance and confidence that the facility staff are properly trained and working hard to renew your trust in building cleanliness and safety.

See if your facility is GBAC STAR accredited and make sure to look for the GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation seal the next time you enter a facility.

GBAC STAR facilities have:

  • Proper protocols for cleaning and disinfection.
  • Correct training for chemicals, equipment, and procedures.
  • Thorough knowledge of how germs live on high-touch surfaces.

A facility first must apply to the GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation program. The program helps commercial and public facilities establish a systematic approach to cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention. To complete the program, facilities are required to demonstrate capability and compliance with the program’s 20 elements. GBAC Board Members review all completed applications and determine facility accreditation.

Know that the facility has carefully PREPARED to reopen – and stay open safely! You may notice big changes or small changes. Remember that “clean” goes beyond just “looks and smells” clean. That’s why GBAC STAR indicates that behind the scenes, cleaning and disinfection is getting done properly.

You have the assurance that the facility knows how to RESPOND to this situation, properly apply their training and protocols to remove dangerous pathogens and protect building occupants from the spread of infection.

GBAC STAR accredited facilities know that it’s important to fully RECOVER from outbreaks and other biohazard situations. That’s why these facilities make proper cleaning and disinfection an ongoing management priority – not just an afterthought at the end of the business day. So regardless of any biohazard issue, a GBAC STAR accredited facility has the right steps in place to meet their commitment of creating safer and healthier spaces. GBAC STAR facilities must reaccredit every year in order to demonstrate that they are still meeting the latest standards and are aware of industry best practices.

GBAC STAR Accredited Facilities have gone through a rigorous screening process to ensure they adhere to 20 Elements that cover everything from high-level corporate commitment to regular facility inspections – and everything in between.   

Consider these important points:

Office buildings, stadiums, schools and more can receive the GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation. The accreditation is for the facility itself and can be obtained by the smallest local business up to the largest arena or complex in the world.

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Agreement between ISSA and Company

This Agreement made this ____ day of ________ 2020 (“Effective Date”) is made by and between the International Sanitary Supply Association, an Illinois non-profit corporation with its principal place of business at 3300 Dundee Road, Northbrook, IL 60062 (hereinafter “ISSA”), and COMPANY, DESCRIPTION, STREET ADDRESS, CITY, STATE (hereinafter “Company”) (collectively referred to as the “Parties” and each individually as a “Party”).

WHEREAS, ISSA is a non-profit trade association that represents the global commercial cleaning industry, and operates a division known as the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (“GBAC”) that provides education, training, certification and consulting services in the field of biorisk assessment, management, clean up and disposal (the “Services”);

WHEREAS, Company is a distributor of commercial cleaning products and supplies that desires to make certain of the Services available to its customers and prospects; and
WHEREAS, ISSA is interested in expanding the sales of its Services by collaborating with Company.

NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements of the Parties herein contained and other good and valuable consideration, the receipt and sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged by the Parties, the Parties hereby agree as follows.

Section I

Company Resale of GBAC Fundamentals Online Course

Section II

Company Promotion of GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation Program

Company, at its expense, shall promote the GBAC STAR™ Facility Accreditation Program (“Program”) to its Clients using commercially reasonable efforts.  In exchange for such referrals, ISSA shall pay to Company a commission based on the registration fees ISSA receives from each Client registered in the Program.  Appendix A, which is hereby incorporated by reference into this Agreement, sets forth the current Program registration fees, commissions, and other terms and conditions that govern the promotion of the Program by Company.

Section III

General Provisions

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have hereunto executed this Agreement as of the date first set forth above.



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Resale of Course and Promotion of Program by Company

ISSA Course Prices
ISSA Member price$150.00/course
ISSA Member Quantity discount pricing
1-50 Courses$150.00/course
51-100 Courses125.00/course
101-250 Courses100.00/Course
250 + CoursesCustom Pricing
ISSA Non-Member price$300.00/course
RestaurantsUS$5 per occupancy/seat$500-
Hotels$3 per room$500$15,000
Arenas/Stadiums$0.30 per occupancy/seat$500$15,000
All Other Facilities
Under 25,000 sq ft - (Under 2,322 sqm)$500  
25,000-199,999 sq ft - (2,322-18,580 sqm)$1,000  
200,000-499,999 sq ft - (18,581-46,450 sqm)$2,500  
500,000-799,999 sq ft - (46,451-74,322 sqm)$4,000  
800,000-999,999 sq ft - (74,323-92,902 sqm)$6,000  
1MM to 1,999,999 sq ft - (92,903-185,805 sqm)$10,000  
2MM+ sq ft - (185,806+ sqm)$15,000  

*Multi-site portfolios will be priced individually.  Please inquire.

**An enterprise fee will apply to multi-site portfolios with 20 or more facilities. Please inquire for details.

***Each GBAC STAR facility accreditation will include the appropriate number of individual online certifications in the quoted price

****Additional online GBAC Fundamentals certificates above allowance at $150 each

Restaurants1 per 100 seats
Hotels1 per 100 rooms
Arenas1 per $1000 of fee
All Other1 per $1000 of fee