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SCS Achieves Mutual Recognition Agreement with The International EPD® System

Mar 6, 2018

SCS Global Services (SCS) is pleased to announce that it has reached a Mutual Recognition Agreement (MRA) with The International EPD® System, allowing for cross-recognition of Environmental Product Declarations (EPD) and showcasing the alignment of both EPD Programs. An independent review was conducted to assess the levels of similarities in processes, standards, quality, and use of life cycle assessment methodology, and it was concluded that both programs operate parallel to each other with respect to specific EPD and Product Category Rule (PCR) development. The scope of the agreement covers building and construction products based on EN 15804 and ISO 21930 standards, and may expand to additional product categories over time.

“We are excited about this partnership. The MRA establishes the cross recognition of EPDs from these two quality Programs and gives clients the ability to register their EPDs in both. SCS registered EPDs will now be recognized in the European market while EPDs registered with the International EPD System will be recognized in the North American market,” said Stanley Mathuram, Vice President Sales and Marketing, SCS Global Services.

This agreement further enables both programs to support manufacturers in competing successfully in global markets while communicating their commitment to the transparency of their products and environmental impacts.

"The International EPD® System has many activities and partners around the world, and the upcoming cooperation with SCS will open new and challenging opportunities to be more visible in the US. We welcome this cooperation and hope it will gain both parties to broaden the use of EPDs on several new markets,” said Sven-Olof Ryding, Senior Advisor, The International EPD®.

About EPD
An EPD® is an independently verified and registered document that communicates transparent and comparable information about the life-cycle environmental impact of products.

About SCS
SCS has been a global leader in third-party quality, environmental and sustainability verification, certification, auditing, testing, and standards development for more than three decades. Its programs recognize achievements in the product manufacturing, green building, food and agriculture, natural resource management, carbon offset, and energy markets. SCS is a chartered benefit corporation, reflecting its commitment to socially and environmentally responsible business practices, and is a recipient of numerous sustainability and certification provider awards. CLICK HERE to visit our website to learn more about our EPD program.  

About The International EPD® System
The International EPD® System is a global programme for type III environmental declarations operating in accordance with ISO 14025. Through General Programme Instructions, The International EPD® system operates a system to verify and register EPD®s and maintain a publically-available library of EPD®s and PCRs. For construction products in Europe, the programme additionally aligns with the European standard EN 15804.
CLICK HERE to visit our website to learn more about our EPD program.

Keith Killpack | Manager, LCA Services kkillpack@scsglobalservices.com 510.452.8047