The International EPD System is owned and operated by EPD International AB. The program is operated in accordance with a.o. ISO 14025, ISO/TS14027, ISO 14040, ISO 14044 and ISO/TS14067. For construction products in Europe, the EPD programme is also aligned with the European standard EN 15804 and ISO 21930.
The International EPD System is the world’s first and longest operational EPD programme, originally founded in 1998 as the Swedish EPD System by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) and industry.
Third-party verified EPDs based on ISO 14025 and EN 15804 are published against a commercial fee. In addition, supplemental environmental communication services, such as but not limited to Carbon Footprint Declarations (CFP) according to ISO 14067, ECO Platform EPD registrations and digital/machine-readable datasets developed with so-called EPD tools for use in third party software solutions are on offer.
The graph shows the flowchart for the organizational structure and process of The International EPD System (System).
As an EPD programme operator registered as a limited company - EPD International AB - under Swedish law, we need to fulfil a number of mandatory obligations as set-out e.g. in the Swedish national company laws, but also in ISO standards, ISO 14025 in particular.
These managerial and technical/methodological duties and obligations are mainly divided between the company's Board of Directors, the EPD Secretariat, the Technical Committee (TC) and the International Advisory Board (IAB).
The Secretariat is governed by its Board of Directors who has the overall programme responsibility. The Secretariat is responsible for the overall (operational) management of The International EPD System.
In orange, the main administrative structure and processes are shown.
Both the Technical Committee and International Advisory Board have advisory and support responsibilities.
In green colour, the PCR selection resp. PCR development, and in light orange the EPD verification structure and process are presented.
More information below and in our GPI.
The Technical Committee's responsibility is to advise and assist the EPD Secretariat.
The Technical Committee:
Our Technical Committee shall operate according to specified routines and is currently staffed with the following independent members:
Because market acceptance and requirements matter!
The International Advisory Board (IAB) is the advisory board that supports the Secretariat to increase the market acceptance and uptake of the International EPD® System and suggests activities and events aimed at promoting its establishment and applicability. The IAB supports The Secretariat in:
The International Advisory Board (IAB) should consist of a group of EPD stakeholders from different industry sectors and countries. It's open to representants from public and private organizations.
Membership in the IAB shall be based on the assessed need to fulfil its roles and nominations by EPD stakeholders.