TIMING OF CRITERIA IMPLEMENTATION

TIMING OF CRITERIA IMPLEMENTATION

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.

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.

Clarifications for Public Comments

Every Clarification will be open for comment for 30 days.  The comment period closes 30 days after the clarification has been posted.  After the comment period GEC staff will review and address the comments, as applicable, and publish a final Clarification. All comments should be addressed to Erin Gately .

NSF 426 – 2018 Update Implementation Information GEC is pleased to announce the activities in preparation for an update of the EPEAT Server category! This page will be updated as new information becomes available. For additional questions and information, please contact Lindsay Fernandez-Salvador, EPEAT Program Director. 

Standard and Verification Requirements: The NSF 426 – 2018 updated Standard can be downloaded here.

Transition Timeline

  • Updated Server Registry will open to Manufacturers on the EPEAT Registry 2.0: February 28, 2019
  • Updated Server Registry open to Public on the EPEAT Registry 2.0: February 28, 2019
  • Server Products come into conformance with updated criteria: By August 30, 2019

There is one Server Verification Round planned to begin in March 2019.  In order to reduce confusion, none of the criteria that were updated in this new NSF/ANSI 426 – 2018 Standard will be verified.

Please contact your CAB for any necessary documentation to transition products to full conformance with the updated criteria. 

Training opportunities Training for the updated NSF 426 Server Standard as well as the updated UL 110 Mobile Phone Standard took place on February 5, 2019.  The training was recorded and shared with all registered participants. Access to the recorded training can be found here: https://attendee.gototraining.com/1t9b5/recording/1149204452435201793You may need to register to access the training but there is no cost.

Desk Review and/or Certification Review Coming Soon!

Update on Amendments to the IEEE 1680.2 Standard

Amendments to the IEEE 1680.2 standard have been approved by ballot and are scheduled for review and approval by IEEE this December. with publication schedule for late December 2017 or January 2018.  The draft amendments are available here.

Criterion 4.6.2.1 has been amended to allow additional paths to compliance and has adjusted the technical requirements for qualified recyclers.  Additionally, the country applicability of criteria 4.9.3.2 and 4.9.3.3 has been amended so that these criteria can be claimed differently in different countries.
For criterion 4.6.2.1

Existing claims against 4.6.2.1

  • Manufacturers who currently meet 4.6.2.1 will also meet the amended criteria.  Manufacturers do not need to take any action to update their declarations

Application of the amended criterion for existing manufacturers registering products in a new country for the first time:

  • CABs may elect to perform Desk Review against the revised criterion if a manufacturer is registering a product in a country for the first time
  • EPEAT policies do not require Desk Review for 4.6.2.1 when an existing manufacturer is registering in a new country for the first time. If a Manufacturer has previously passed Desk Review for 4.6.2.1, the Registry software will not enforce Desk Review requirements when a product is registered in a new country
  • However, 4.6.2.1 must be met in each country where products are registered.  Because Manufacturers may have different take-back and processing systems set up in countries where products are being registered for the first time, the EPEAT Program recommends that manufacturers work with their CABs to go through optional Desk Review when registering in a new country
  • This Desk Review may be performed after claims appear in the Registry.
  •  If a CAB chooses not to perform Desk Review in a new country, they should maintain records to support this decision.  CABs may choose not to perform Desk Review for reasons including:
  • The Manufacturer has undergone Desk Review for 4.6.2.1. for other countries with similar end-of-life processing requirements
  • The Manufacturer has been verified against 4.6.2.1 with no non-conformances
  • Claims against the revised criterion are subject to Verification, as per EPEAT’s policies and procedures

Application of the amended criterion for new manufacturers

  • CABs may perform desk review against the revised criterion instead of against the current criterion if a new manufacturer is registering products for the first time
  • Claims against the revised criterion are subject to Verification, as per EPEAT’s policies and procedures

For criteria 4.9.3.2 and 4.9.3.3.

Existing claims against 4.9.3.2 and 4.9.3.3

  • Manufacturers who currently claim 4.9.3.2 and 4.9.3.3 will not need to take any action to update their declarations

Application of the amended criteria for existing manufacturers registering products in a new country for the first time:

  • Starting on November 15th, 2017 the Registry software will allow this optional point to be claimed differently in different countries
  • Desk Review for 4.9.3.2 and 4.9.3.3 is not required when an existing manufacturer is registering in a new country for the first time. If a Manufacturer has previously passed Desk Review for 4.9.3.2 and/or 4.9.3.3, the Registry software will not enforce Desk Review requirements when a product is registered in a new country Because Manufacturers may have different take-back systems set up in countries where products are being registered for the first time, the EPEAT Program recommends that Manufacturers work with their CABs to go through optional Desk Review when registering in a new country
  • This Desk Review may be performed after claims appear in the Registry.
  • If a CAB chooses not to perform Desk Review in a new country, they should maintain records to support this decision.  CABs may chose not to perform Desk Review for reasons including:
  • The Manufacturer has undergone Desk Review for 4.9.3.2 and/or 4.9.3.3. for other countries with similar end-of-life processing requirements
  • The Manufacturer has been verified against 4.9.3.2 and/or 4.9.3.3 with no non-conformances
  • Claims against the revised criterion are subject to Verification, as per EPEAT’s policies and procedures

Application of the amendment for new manufacturers registering products for the first time

  • Starting on November 15th, the Registry software will allow this optional point to be claimed differently in different countries
  • Manufacturers claiming this optional point will need to undergo Desk Review, as per EPEAT’s current procedures
  • Claims against the revised criterion are subject to Verification, as per EPEAT’s policies and procedures

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.

Update on Amendments to the IEEE 1680.3 Standard

Amendments to the IEEE 1680.3 standard have been approved by ballot and are scheduled for review and approval by IEEE this December. with publication schedule for late December 2017 or January 2018.  The draft amendments are available here.

Criterion 4.6.2.1 has been amended to allow additional paths to compliance and has adjusted the technical requirements for qualified recyclers.

For criterion 4.6.2.1

Existing claims against 4.6.2.1

  • Manufacturers who currently meet 4.6.2.1 will also meet the amended criteria.  Manufacturers do not need to take any action to update their declarations

Application of the amended criterion for existing manufacturers registering products in a new country for the first time:

  • CABs may elect to perform Desk Review against the revised criterion if a manufacturer is registering a product in a country for the first time
  • EPEAT policies do not require Desk Review for 4.6.2.1 when an existing manufacturer is registering in a new country for the first time. If a Manufacturer has previously passed Desk Review for 4.6.2.1, the Registry software will not enforce Desk Review requirements when a product is registered in a new country
  • However, 4.6.2.1 must be met in each country where products are registered.  Because Manufacturers may have different take-back and processing systems set up in countries where products are being registered for the first time, the EPEAT Program recommends that manufacturers work with their CABs to go through optional Desk Review when registering in a new country
  • This Desk Review may be performed after claims appear in the Registry.
  •  If a CAB chooses not to perform Desk Review in a new country, they should maintain records to support this decision.  CABs may choose not to perform Desk Review for reasons including:
  • The Manufacturer has undergone Desk Review for 4.6.2.1. for other countries with similar end-of-life processing requirements
  • The Manufacturer has been verified against 4.6.2.1 with no non-conformances
  • Claims against the revised criterion are subject to Verification, as per EPEAT’s policies and procedures

Application of the amended criterion for new manufacturers

  • CABs may perform desk review against the revised criterion instead of against the current criterion if a new manufacturer is registering products for the first time
  • Claims against the revised criterion are subject to Verification, as per EPEAT’s policies and procedures

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.

EPEAT 1680.1 Revision Implementation Information
GEC is pleased to announce the activities in preparation for the revision of the EPEAT
PCs and Displays category!

This page will be updated as new information becomes available. For additional questions and information, please contact Lindsay Fernandez-Salvador, EPEAT Program Director.

1680.1 Transition Timeline

  • Products registered to 1680.1: 2009 will be available for public search until June 28th, 2019. A snapshot of the EPEAT Registry for 1680.1: 2009 products will be
    available for historical records.
  • View the EPEAT Registry Training here! Download user instructions here!
  • Products registered to 1680.1: 2018 became available for public search January 18th, 2019.
Implementation of Energy Star Computer 7.0 Specification
EPEAT will implement the Energy Star 7.0 Computer Specification only for products
registering to 1680.1:2018. The new Energy Star specification was effective November 2018 and therefore any products registered to 1680.1:2018 will need to be in conformance with the Energy Star 7.0 specification by the time of the launch of the EPEAT Registry to the public.  Products registered to 1680.1:2009 will not be required to come into compliance with the new Energy Star 7.0 specification.

Standard, Conformity Guidance, Desk Review and Priority Criteria
Standard — GEC has partnered with IEEE to make copies of the IEEE 1680 standards
for free. To obtain the standards, click here and make an account or log in using an existing account. IEEE 1680.1: 2018 Standard for Environmental and Social Responsibility Assessment of Computers and Displays is available for download. Participating manufacturers should obtain the standard before registering products in the EPEAT Registry. 
The 1680.1:2018 standard has changed significantly and there are many exciting areas where manufacturers can showcase their innovations in sustainability. Click here  for an overview of what has changed between the previous and new versions.
Conformity Guidance – GEC will continuously update conformity guidance as the program develops.Conformity Guidance for required criteria has been published and guidance for optional criteria is forthcoming. Conformity Guidance will be available via “Help and FAQ” in your EPEAT account.

Desk Review and Priority Criteria – Products registered to 1680.1: 2018 must undergo desk review for priority criteria prior to being activated to the EPEAT Registry, regardless if they are already registered to the 1680.1:2009 version.  Priority criteria is available now and can be found by clicking here or on “My Account” under “Help and FAQ”.  For a full description of the Desk Review process and how Priority Criteria are applied, see P16 CAB Manual on “My Account” under “Help and FAQ” here.

Participating Manufacturer Fees
Fees for PCs and Displays are available now by clicking here!
Training Dates and Locations
PCs and Displays Upgrade Training Webinars
This “upgrade” training is for Conformity Assessment Bodies and Auditors who have
already passed EPEAT Auditor training. Manufacturers are also welcome to attend. The training covered the criteria in   IEEE 1680.1: 2018 Standard for Environmental and Social Responsibility Assessment of Computers and Displays and prepares auditors to conduct assurance against the standard.

If you missed the training and would like to purchase the recordings and/or take the test to be a qualified EPEAT Auditor, please contact Rebecca Hawkins. Cost is $200 per person; two recordings will be provided, after which the exam will be provided.  Exams must be returned within 24 hours of receiving them to qualify as an EPEAT Auditor.

Purchaser Information
Purchasers are constantly updated about changes and how these changes will affect
them. We recently announced 1680.1:2018 revision. Click here to read the full summary.

EPEAT UL 110 Revision and Implementation Information A new version of the UL 110 standard was published on November 6, 2018. More details on the roll out plan can be found below. For additional questions and information, please contact Lindsay Fernandez-Salvador, EPEAT Program Director. 

Standard and Verification Requirements: Standard can be download here. The Green Electronics Council (GEC) has updated the UL 110 Verification Requirements.  The updated Verification Requirements now move into a 30-day comment period.  After the 30-day comment period, GEC will review the comments and make adjustments as necessary.  They will be published soon after the comment period concludes.  Please provide comments to Erin Gately by Friday, March 15th

Transition Timeline

·Updated Mobile Phone Registry will open to Manufacturers on the EPEAT Registry 2.0: December 14, 2018

·Updated Mobile Phone Registry open to Public on the EPEAT Registry 2.0: December 14, 2018

·Mobile Phone Products come into conformance with updated criteria: By June 1, 2019

Please contact your CAB for any necessary documentation to transition products to full conformance with the updated criteria. 

Training opportunities Training for the updated NSF 426 Server Standard as well as the updated UL 110 Mobile Phone Standard took place on February 5, 2019.  The training was recorded and shared with all registered participants. Access to the recorded training can be found here:https://attendee.gototraining.com/1t9b5/recording/1149204452435201793You may need to register to access the training but there is no cost.

Desk Review and/or Certification Review Coming Soon!