Healthy Product Declarations (HPDs) are an essential tool for transparency in the chemical content of products. These statements provide comprehensive information on the ingredients in a product and any associated health hazards, allowing manufacturers, industry professionals, and consumers to assess the health level of the products they use.
HPDs are based on a set of priority "hazard" lists and compare product ingredients to lists from GreenScreen for Safer Chemicals and other government agencies to determine potential health concerns. Third-party verifiers review the statements to ensure accuracy and, upon successful verification, a certificate and logo are granted to the manufacturer. The HPD, certificate, and logo are published in the HPD Public Repository and other international online platforms.
The benefits of HPDs include:
Getting Healthy Product Declaration (HPD) certification provides several benefits including:
Transparency: HPDs provide a clear disclosure of product ingredients and potential health hazards, enabling manufacturers, industry, and consumers to assess the health level of their products.
Market advantage: HPDs offer a competitive advantage in the international market and meet customer demand for material transparency.
Compliance: HPDs ensure that products comply with green building certifications like LEED, WELL, BREEAM, and environmentally friendly purchasing programs.
Sustainability: HPDs support sustainability goals and align with customer specifications and purchasing requirements.
Verification: HPDs are verified by independent third-party verifiers and come with a certificate and logo that can be added to the HPD Public Repository and international online platforms.
The process of obtaining HPD certification typically involves the following steps:
Preparation: Review the product ingredients and identify any chemicals of concern, compared against priority hazard lists.
Documentation: Collect and compile the necessary information and data on product ingredients, their use and potential hazards, into a Health Product Declaration (HPD).
Verification: Have the HPD reviewed and verified by a third-party verifier.
Certification: If the HPD meets the standards and criteria, the manufacturer is issued a certificate and logo, and the HPD is added to the public repository and international online platforms.
Communication: Use the HPD certificate and logo to communicate the health level of your products to stakeholders, including customers, suppliers, and regulatory agencies.
Healthy product declarations made by the manufacturer must be verified by internationally recognized Third Party Verifiers and gain international validity. Third Party Verifiers can improve internal processes, enabling corrective action to be taken, and provide independent evidence of why firms should invest in improving these processes.
Some of the most preferred validators in HPD certification are;
Healthy product declarations provide transparency in disclosing information about the ingredients and health hazards associated with a product, helping to ensure its safety for manufacturers, industry, and consumers. HPD certification is obtained by having the declaration verified by a recognized third-party verifier, adding credibility and international validity to the declaration. Obtaining HPD certification offers several benefits, such as: