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Five Ways to Optimize Your EPD or PCF Verification Process

Actionable insights and tips on navigating the EPD or PCF verification process.

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Verification can be time-consuming for manufacturers who have already gone through the environmental product declaration (EPD) or product carbon footprint verification (PCF) process, as well as for companies about to embark on it for the first time. However, following these five strategies can help optimize the verification process and make it a smoother experience.

1: Know the EPD or PCF verification process

Understanding the steps in the verification process is crucial. The verification starts after the life cycle assessment and EPD or PCF document have already been drafted. It's important to note that the same person who conducts the LCA cannot perform the verification, so involving two parties is necessary. For EPDs, the LCA and EPD can be drafted together, which can save time. Be prepared to collect and share data to facilitate the process.

2: Choose an experienced LCA practitioner

Selecting an experienced practitioner may significantly speed up the verification process. The more thorough the LCA, the less back and forth will be needed to evaluate compliance. Look for a practitioner who has previously conducted third-party verified LCAs, has published EPDs or PCFs based on their work, and has experience in your specific industry. Professional accreditations, such as a Life Cycle Assessment Certified Professional (LCACP), are also preferred.

3: Align on the scope of the EPD or PCF verification

To expedite the quoting process and prevent time loss, it's crucial to be clear with the verifier about your requirements. Clearly communicate the number of models, the number of LCAs, and the number of deliverables (EPDs or PCFs) you need. Additionally, ensure that both the verifier and practitioner are aligned on the applicable standards and are using the most recent versions.

4: Organize your supporting documentation

Having well-organized supporting documents is essential for a smooth verification process. Understand the information required for the LCA collection process, such as Bill of Materials (BOM), energy use, indirect greenhouse gas emissions, waste, etc. Keep a well-organized system of these records, with easily identifiable filenames, so that supporting documentation is easy to access and send if more information is needed.

5: Communicate clearly with your verifier

Maintaining open and accurate communication between the verifier and LCA practitioner is crucial for an efficient verification process. Share any identified issues promptly to ensure they are resolved as quickly as possible. Additionally, inform the verifier when you anticipate the LCA to be complete so that they can start planning the verification process in advance.

Why UL Solutions for EPD and PCF verifications

UL Solutions empowers both manufacturers and purchasers to transform their environmental stewardship into true market leadership, supporting manufacturers and their customers in their drive to act in a more environmentally responsible way.

By working with UL Solutions to verify your product’s EPDs and carbon footprint, you can leverage our trusted brand to build a high level of confidence with interested parties that your disclosure statements are materially correct and meet international standards.

Contact us to learn more about partnering with UL Solutions.


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