There is a need to simplify the verification process for organisations in their work to collect data, conduct LCA and create EPDs on a regular basis. Of special importance is to make the procedure less time- and resource-consuming, thereby being more cost-effective, still complying with relevant parts of general programme instructions.
In order to meet these needs, the international EPD® system includes the possibility for organisations to internally handle the management of EPD data involved in the verification procedure by themselves and issue EPDs without a third party certifier being involved in each case. This is referred to as the EPD process certification.
The increased implementation of environmental management systems in many organisations will automatically lead to the establishment of reliable internal follow-up routines which very well suits many of the needs in the procedure of EPD process certification. Hence, EPD process certification can be of interest of any type and size of organisation. Well managed internal EPD routines will make data collection and its conversion into EPDs more rational and less costly in an organisation operating it in a resource- and time efficient manner.
An organisation having an EPD process certification assessed and certified by a third party is, on a regular basis, allowed to:
- update existing EPDs and
- create and issue new EPDs for registration.
EPD Process Map.
The requirements on the EPD Process Certification can be found in the General Programme Instructions.
List of Companies currently holding an EPD process certification