Organisation of the International EPD® System
The International EPD® System builds on an organisational structure that includes several parties at selected levels in different countries all having separate and mutual interrelated tasks and responsibilities divided into four different types of work.
EPD International AB, a limited company registered in Sweden, acts as the Programme Operator and has the overall responsibility of the International EPD® System. EPD International is a subsidiary to IVL Swedish Environmental Resarch Institute: an independent, non-profit research institute, owned by a foundation jointly established by the Swedish Government and Swedish industry. EPD International AB has a board of directors to manage the company.
According to ISO 14025, a programme operator has a number of mandatory obligations when fulfilling the duties of managing a programme for environmental declarations like the International EPD® System. These duties are divided between the Secretariat, the Technical Committee (TC) and an International Advisory Board (IAB).