Certification Application

  • An applicant company shall prepare the report of life cycle assessment result according the guideline.
    • Natural resources/water/energy use, amount of emissions to air and water, wastes, waste resources/water/energy recycling
    • Environmental impacts such as Abiotic Depletion Potential, Global Warming Potential, Ozone Depletion Potential, Acidification Potential , Photochemical Ozone Creation Potential and Eutrophication Potential.
  • The applicant submits the application form, LCA report and related documents in order to apply for a certification.

Application Acceptance

  • When applying for a certification to KEITI, the organization reviews the documents and issues a receipt. When the application is received, the certification evaluation procedure completes within 90 business days.

Document and On-site Audit

  • Required dates of certification evaluation is decided by the number of verifiers and document/on-site audit according to the notification of Ministry of Environment.
  • Regular audit takes 12 days in total, 8 days for document audit and 4 days for on-site audit.
  • Document/on-site audit is conducted by at least two verifiers and this verifier group prepares the audit report after document/on-site audit. The senior verifier prepares the comprehensive report and submits it to the verification committee.
  • The verification committee prepares the verification statement and resolution report based on the comprehensive report, and issue the certificate for the applying product.

Certification Result

  • Certification result is notified to the applicant within 7 days after the verification completes. KEITI issues EPD certificate for the certified product to the applicant company.
  • After receiving the certificate, the applicant shall submit the use plan to KEITI and receive the admission from KEITI.

Alteration certification and certification renewal

  • Before the certification expires, alteration certification is required for the following reasons.
    • Change of manufacturing process or combination of materials used in the product
    • Change of material origin, distribution pattern or disposal
  • Certification renewal is limited to the product whose certification is expired.
  • Verification procedure for alteration certification and certification renewal is identical to the initial certification verification procedure..

Follow-up management

  • Follow-up management refers to verifying the maintenance of certification requirements and investigating illegal use of EPD label. Follow-up management scope is defined as follows.
    • Continuous operation of manufacturing process and same ingredients according to the EPD certification received
    • Proper use of EPD label and promotion
    • Illegal use of EPD label
    • Internal verification management of product category verification system
    • Other investigation the president of KEITI considers required
  • Follow-up management shall be carried out at least once a year and re-adjustment will be made if necessary.