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 UL 110 Standard for Mobile Phones, the NSF 426 Server Standard, the IEEE 1680.1 Revision for Computers and Laptops, the IEEE 1680.2a Imaging Equipment Amendment and the IEEE 1680.3a Television Amendment.
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 June 26, 2017
UL 110 Standard for Mobile Phones
The Standard for Sustainability for Mobile Phones was published UL, and is available here.
- Publication by UL: March 24, 2017
- Registry opens to manufacturers: May 1, 2017
- Registry opens to the public: July 30, 2017
NSF 426 Server Standard
The National Science Foundation (NSF) 426 Standard for Environmental Leadership and Corporate Social Responsibility Assessment of Servers was developed jointly by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and NSF.
- Anticipated publication of the standard by NSF: August 2017
- Anticipated date Registry opens to manufacturers: February 2018
- Anticipated date Registry opens to the public: April 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: December 2017-January 2018
- Anticipated date Registry opens to manufacturers: April 2018
- Anticipated date Registry opens to the public: July 2018
Because the 1680.1 revision will replace the existing 1680.1:2009 standard, products registered against 1680.1:2009 will be removed off the EPEAT Registry after the “product phase out period” described above.
IEEE 1680.2a Imaging Equipment and 1680.3a Television Amendments
Three criteria in the IEEE 1680.2 Standard for Environmental Assessment of Imaging Equipment and one criterion in the IEEE 1680.3 Standard for Environmental Assessment of Televisions are under revision:
- 184.108.40.206 Required – End-of-life processing requirements (IEEE 1680.2 and 1680.3)
- 220.127.116.11 Optional – Manufacturer recyclers or reuses toner material collected through its cartridge and container take-back program (IEEE 1680.2)
- 18.104.22.168 – Optional – Manufacturer recyclers or reuses plastics collected through its cartridge and container take-back program (IEEE 1680.2)
The imaging equipment and television amendments are anticipated to be published in Q1 2018.