After completion of the last step of the EPD process (Registration & publication), an EPD is valid for a maximum period of time, which is declared in the EPD.
The maximum validity of an EPD is set for each product category in the PCR, and shall not exceed three years after which the declaration must necessarily be revised and reissued. For construction product EPDs compliant with EN 15804, a validity of five years as described in Section 9 (“Verification and validity of the EPD”) shall be applied.
During the validity period of the EPD surveillance follow up shall be agreed between the EPD owner and the verifier in order to evaluate if the content are still consistent with the current situation. It is not necessary to perform a full LCA, only the monitoring of main parameters is requested. The surveillance verification may be organised as documental check aimed to the evaluation of the main environmental aspects relevant for the LCA calculation.
Regardless of the validity, the EPD shall be updated during the surveillance period if one of the environmental indicators has worsened for more than 10% compared with the data currently published.
The organisation can choose to let EPDs that have passed the date of validity to continue to be published on the EPD website. This might be relevant for products that are discontinued but still are available on the market or still in use. However, in such cases, the organisation is not allowed to use the non-valid EPDs in marketing. An exception may be granted by the programme operator, e.g. if the reference PCR is currently being updated. If the organisation wishes to have the EPD deregistered, the organisation shall inform the programme operator, see the General Programme Instructions.