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Checking competence and qualifications of verifiers

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Only approved individual verifiers or accredited certification bodies may carry out verification. Their competence and qualifications shall be checked, approved, and supervised by either the programme operator (via the Technical Committee supported by the Secretariat) or by accreditation bodies in accordance with the table below:

Type of verificationPossible verifiers for type of verificationBody examining compliance with prescribed competence requirements

EPD verification

Approved individual verifiers

 

Accredited certification bodies

Technical Committee supported by the Secretariat

 

Accreditation bodies

EPD process certification

Accredited certification bodies

 Accreditation bodies

The checking of competence requirements and the supervision of the verifiers include the following activities:

  • review of the verifier’s integrity and independence, documentation of competence, and management capacity (quality system, if existent),

  • review on-site, at the verifier’s site, and scrutiny of verifications carried out or in progress (if found relevant), and

  • supervision (follow-up and review) of the operations of the verifier.

An updated list of approved individual verifiers and accredited certification bodes is available here.

Competence requirements of verifiers - in general

The verifier (individual or team of individuals within a certification body) shall be independent and have the following competences:

General product certification competences; the general requirements regarding competence for certification bodies are specified in ISO/IEC 17065:2012 "Conformity assessment – Requirements for bodies certifying products, processes and services", Sections 6.1 and 6.2.

Specific competences related to EPD and verification, including:

  • general knowledge of industry and product-related environmental matters,
  • good process and product knowledge, including relevant standards, within the product sector in which the verifier intends to perform verifications,
  • in-depth knowledge and/or experience of LCA methodology, including ISO 14040/14044,
  • in-depth knowledge of the relevant standards in the field of environmental labelling and declarations, including ISO 14020 and ISO 14025,
  • in-depth knowledge of the International EPD System, including the General Programme Instructions,
  • knowledge of ISO/TS 14071 LCA Critical Review Process and Reviewer Competencies, and ISO 19011 Guidelines for Auditing Management Systems,
  • knowledge in the overall regulatory framework in which the concept of EPDs has
    been introduced, and
  • experience in reviewing LCAs verification of EPDs, or the equivalent.

Sufficient proficiency in English to read and understand the General Programme Instructions, PCR, and EPD and to document the verification in a verification report in English.

Specific competencies required for certification bodies

See General Programme Instructions, Section 4.12.1.

Specific competencies required for individual verifiers

See General Programme Instructions, Section 4.12.1.

Accreditation of certification bodies

See General Programme Instructions, Section 4.12.2.

Approval of recognised individual verifiers

See General Programme Instructions, Section 4.12.3.

>> Download the application form for individual verifiers (Last updated: 2018-08-31)

Approval for Pre-verification of an EPD tool

The International EPD® System welcomes approved individual verifiers or accredited certification bodies to apply for pre-verification of an EPD tool. A case-by-case approval is granted for the pre-verification of a tool by the Technical Committee before the work has started. Only approved individual verifiers or accredited certification bodies will be considered.

Specific competences required for pre-verification of an EPD tool:

  • approved individual verifier or accredited certification body
  • excellent knowledge and experience within the product category and relevant processes, including relevant standards, within the scope of the product category of the EPD tool,
  • in-depth knowledge of the framework and technical solution of the EPD tool (e.g. underlying software)

To apply, please contact the Secretariat. More information on pre-verified EPD tools is available here.