EPEAT for Manufacturers
EPEAT For Manufacturers
Public and private entities in more than 42 countries use EPEAT as a uniform purchasing specification. Brands that create environmentally preferable electronics should register them with EPEAT to build their reputation among these purchasers and gain access to procurement contracts valued at tens of billions of dollars worldwide. With EPEAT, brands can both demonstrate and profit from their commitment to developing technology with a reduced environmental impact.
Getting my products covered by EPEAT
Manufacturers who are interested in registering their products with EPEAT must have an officer of the company sign the Green Electronics Council EPEAT License and Participating Manufacturer Agreement (P26). This contract is required for the brand to begin registering products in EPEAT and have them identified as “EPEAT-Registered Products.” Manufacturers must also complete a Participating Manufacturer Information Form and pay the EPEAT Participating Manufacturer fees for the device categories in which they wish to register products. The manufacturer then engages one of the certification and testing organizations that make up EPEAT’s global network of Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs) and pays the appropriate fee for that service. After becoming a Participating Manufacturer, the brand owner will receive credentials to access the Registry and may begin making product declarations. See the EPEAT Policy Manual for full details about the EPEAT Program.
After completing all the required paperwork, submitting payments and engaging a CAB, manufacturers may login to the online EPEAT system to begin registering products in the appropriate device category. The CAB will carry out a comprehensive “Desk Review” process on the manufacturer’s initial registrations. During this process, the Manufacturer must answer questions about the product declaration(s) and may need to provide evidence consistent with the standard’s Verification Evidence requirements. Desk review may last several days to several months, depending on the Manufacturer’s ability to demonstrate understanding of the system requirements and ability to support the accuracy of their declarations.
When staff are confident that the declaration is sound, the registration(s) will be sent to the Green Electronics Council for inclusion in the public EPEAT registry. If/when Manufacturers demonstrate their competence at making accurate declarations, they may be granted the ability to register products without prior review and approval. However, a new Desk Review is triggered each time a manufacturer claims a new criterion or registers a product in a new country, and Desk Review can be re-instituted at any time if warranted by nonconformance.
CABs are responsible for ongoing verification of all products registered through their service. All Manufacturers must be prepared at any time to provide verification evidence supporting any criterion claimed in their product registrations in response to a request from CAB staff or contractors.
As soon as EPEAT has received a signed Agreement, all applicable Fees and product listings approved by the CAB, the products in question will appear in the EPEAT Registry.
Verification Plans & Outcome Reports
The Verification Round Index indicates which criteria were investigated in each round from 2009 to present for each product category on the EPEAT Registry. Each tab lists the criteria on the rows and the round on the columns for PCs and Displays, Imaging Equipment, and TVs respectively. This index will be updated on a yearly basis after all annual rounds are launched and/or completed. For Verification Plans and Outcomes Reports prior 2016, please contact us.
PC and Displays
- Round PC-2018-04: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round PC-2018-03: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round PC-2018-02: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round PC-2018-01: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round PC-2017-04: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round PC-2017-03: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round PC-2017-02: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round PC-2017-01: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round PC-2016-04: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round PC-2016-03: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round PC 2016-02: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round PC 2016-01: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round IE-2019-02: Verification Plan,Outcomes Report
- Round IE-2018-04: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round IE-2018-03: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round IE-2018-02: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round IE-2018-01: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round IE-2017-03: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round IE-2017-02: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round IE 2017-01: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round IE 2016-03: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round IE 2016-02: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round IE 2016-01: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round TV 2019-01: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round TV 2018-01: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round TV 2017-01: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
- Round TV 2016-01: Verification Plan, Outcomes Report
EPEAT Conformity Assurance Bodies
Participating Manufacturers may register their products in any device category covered by EPEAT with assistance from a Conformity Assurance Body (CAB). These experienced testing and certification organizations span the globe and are qualified to help manufacturers navigate the EPEAT system. CABs are also responsible for ensuring the ongoing accuracy of all information submitted during registration and verification. Manufacturers may choose to work with any of the CABs listed per product category
The Green Electronics Council (GEC) oversees the Conformity Assurance Bodies (CABs) and requires them to be trained in EPEAT and to have met certain qualifications to be involved with the system.
Green Electronics Council
Portland, Oregon, United States
The Green Electronics Council‘s Assurance Services department has supported manufacturers since 2006 with their global EPEAT product declarations. To learn more about engaging the GEC’s Assurance Services department, click here.
Contact: Beverly Kennedy at GECCAB@greenelectronicscouncil.org
Cologne, Germany — Beijing, China — Boxborough, Massachusetts, United States
TüV Rheinland, founded in 1872, is a global leader in independent testing, inspection and certification services. The Group maintains a presence at around 500 locations in 66 countries with 19,320 employees. The independent experts stand for quality and safety for people, the environment, and technology in nearly all aspects of life. TüV Rheinland inspects technical equipment, products and services, oversees projects and helps to shape processes for companies. Its experts train people in a wide range of careers and industries. TüV Rheinland employs a global network of approved labs, testing and education centres. Since 2006, TüV Rheinland has been a member of the United Nations Global Compact to promote sustainability and combat corruption.
Visit www.tuv.com for more information.
Contact: Fallight Xu
Stuttgart, Germany – Guangzhou, China – Concord, California, United States
DEKRA SE currently operates in more than 50 countries, with over 28,000 employees committed to ensuring long-term safety, quality and environmental protection. The DEKRA Business Units “Automotive”, “Industrial” and “Personnel” provide services in the fields of vehicle inspections, expert appraisals, international claims management, consulting, industrial testing, product testing, certification, environmental protection, qualification, and temporary work. In 2012 DEKRA generated sales totaling over 2 billion Euros.
Visit www.dekra-consulting.com for more information.
Contacts: Christina Bocher, Americas and Europe; & Stan Zurkiewicz, Asia
Northbrook, Illinois, United States
UL Environment, a business unit of UL, works to advance global sustainability, environmental health, and safety by supporting the growth and development of environmentally preferable products, services and organizations. UL Environment helps companies achieve their sustainability goals – and help purchasers, specifiers, retailers, governments, and consumers find products they can trust. UL Environment offers environmental claim validations, multi-attribute product certifications, environmental product declarations, indoor air quality certification, product emissions testing, organizational sustainability certification, and consulting.
Visit www.ul.com/environment for more information.
Offenbach am Main, Germany
VDE (Verband der Elektrotechnik, Elektronik, Informationstechnik e.V) Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies based in Germany operates the VDE Testing and Certification Institute as a well-known testing and certification body, internationally active for over 90 years, and accredited by multiple organizations worldwide. The VDE Institute provides premium services regarding safety, usability as well as EMC and operates a chemical lab, to cover environmental regulatory material requirements and the sustainability aspects of electronic products.
Contact: Michael Riess
EPEAT Fees and Contracts
The Green Electronics Council requires a signed Green Electronics Council EPEAT License and Participating Manufacturer Agreement (P26).
Current EPEAT Participation Fees
- PC/Display Products EPEAT Participation Fees
- Imaging Equipment EPEAT Participation Fees
- Televisions EPEAT Participation Fees
- Mobile Phones EPEAT Participation Fees
- Servers EPEAT Participation Fees
Note: Please contact the individual CABs for information about their fees for CAB services.
Participating Manufacturers pay annual fees based on a sliding scale that correlates to the Manufacturer’s revenue in the device category in which they wish to register products. Revenue includes sales of all products in the product group, regardless of whether they meet environmental requirements or whether a Participating Manufacturer chooses to register them with EPEAT. Fees are paid annually at the time of sign-up and on that anniversary date each year.
To join EPEAT, Manufacturers pay an EPEAT Participation Fee to the Green Electronics Council, which oversees all activities of the EPEAT system. For verification and product-declaration services, manufacturers pay a separate Registration Services Fee to a Conformity Assurance Body (CAB) of their choosing. Both the Participation Fee and a contractual relationship with a CAB are required to become a full EPEAT Participating Manufacturer and have eligible products appear on the EPEAT registry.
Payment of the Participation Fee allows an unlimited number of product registrations in a given device category and in all countries covered by EPEAT. The EPEAT system is funded through Manufacturers’ Participation Fees and through fees that CABs pay to be involved.