Timelines for Implementing New and Revised
Standards in EPEAT
This update outlines GEC’s general process and timeline for implementing new and revised standards in EPEAT. It also provides anticipated timelines specific to the NSF 426 Server Standard and the IEEE 1680.1 Revision for Computers and Laptops.
The Green Electronics Council (GEC) assists standards development organizations (SDOs) in their development of IT sustainability standards for use in EPEAT.
For GEC to consider the use of any standard in EPEAT, the standard must have been developed through a process that is open, balanced, and transparent. In addition, the standards development process must allow all interested stakeholders the opportunity to review and provide input. GEC only implements standards in EPEAT that have been developed in this manner, which are “voluntary, consensus-based standards.”
The typical timelines for new and revised standards implementation in EPEAT are outlined by EPEAT policies. See P 21, Procedure for Implementing New Standards, and P31, Implementing Updated Standards on the EPEAT Registry. These implementation timelines begin when a standard is published by an SDO.
Published Standards Implementation Process Overview
Process Step 1
EPEAT Registry “opens to manufacturers.” During Process Step 1, the EPEAT Registry is open exclusively to manufacturers, and products are not publicly searchable. At this time, manufacturers are able to add information about products that meet the new or revised standard.
Process Step 2
EPEAT Registry “opens to the public.” During Process Step 2, product information that has been entered by manufacturers into the EPEAT Registry becomes publicly viewable. At this time, purchasers can search the Registry for products that meet the new or revised standard.
The table below outlines typical timeframes that manufacturers and the public can anticipate having access to the EPEAT Registry once an SDO publishes a new or revised standard. It also shows the “phase-out periods” for products once a revised standard is published. After the “phase out period”, if a product does not meet the requirements of the revised standard, it may no longer be marketed or described as “EPEAT registered.” For more details on the timeline for phasing out products, see EPEAT Policy P31 Implementing Updated Standards on the Registry.
Below is a list of standards that are currently being considered by GEC for use in EPEAT. Because the publication date of standards is subject to change, this information and specific dates provided here will be continually updated by GEC.
Information last updated September 19, 2017
NSF 426 Server Standard
The Standard for the Environmental Performance of Computer Servers was published by NSF.
- Publication of the standard by NSF: September 2017
- Anticipated date Registry opens to manufacturers: March 2018 (Manufacturers may begin desk review in January)
- Anticipated date Registry opens to the public: June 2018
IEEE 1680.1 Standard Revision for Personal Computers
The Standard for Environmental Assessment of Personal Computer Products (1680.1) revision is being developed by IEEE.
- Anticipated Publication of the standard: Q2 2018
- Anticipated date Registry opens to manufacturers: August 2018
- Anticipated date Registry opens to the public: November 2018
Because the 1680.1 revision will replace the existing 1680.1:2009 standard, products registered against 1680.1:2009 will be removed from the EPEAT Registry after the “product phase out period” described above.