Market Surveillance Entity (MSE)

The EPEAT Market Surveillance Entity (MSE) is responsible for maintaining the overall EPEAT Registry. This includes oversight of the global PRE Network and regularly verifying the declarations of registered products to ensure the ongoing integrity of the Registry.

Among the responsibilities of the EPEAT MSE are approving, training and overseeing the Product Registration Entities (PREs) that support manufacturers in making accurate declarations in the EPEAT Registry. This oversight ensures that rules are followed consistently worldwide, and consistent interpretations of the standards and requirements are applied.

In addition, the EPEAT MSE operates an independent Verification program to regularly check the accuracy of declarations in the Registry. Verification investigations are planned and targeted both randomly and for cause, focusing on criteria at the highest risk of being inaccurate. An independent panel of experts called the Product Verification Committee oversees verification and determines whether each investigated declaration is accurate. Verification results are reported publicly to maintain confidence in the EPEAT Registry. EPEAT’s “Policy on the Product Verification Committee” describes the internal controls that ensure that conformity decisions are impartial.

In order to register products in EPEAT a manufacturer must join the EPEAT MSE and also engage one or more approved PREs.  Click here for more information about the overall process and engaging a PRE. To join the EPEAT MSE, a manufacturer must sign the EPEAT License and Subscriber Agreement, complete a Subscriber Setup Form, and pay the appropriate MSE fee.  Return the Agreement and Form to EPEAT via email, fax (+1-503-279-9381) or by mailing a paper copy to the address indicated on the Agreement. When we receive the Agreement and Form we will send the manufacturer an invoice for the appropriate MSE fee. Fees are on a sliding scale based on the manufacturer’s annual revenue from global sales of the products covered by the selected standards and are payable by check or EFT.

When we receive the Setup Form we communicate with the selected PRE to ensure they are prepared to support the manufacturer.  The manufacturer’s product(s) will appear on the EPEAT Registry when:

  • The manufacturer has joined the EPEAT MSE, and
  • The manufacturer has engaged an approved PRE, has declared the environmental characteristics of the products to the PRE, and the PRE has reviewed and approved the declarations.