Since 2006 the Green Electronics Council has published Clarifications in response to stakeholder requests for guidance about EPEAT conformity in cases where the underlying standard is unclear. These Clarifications have historically gone into effect upon approval and publication by the independent Product Verification Committee, now known as the “Conformity Decision Panel.” Because Clarifications may affect the interests of different stakeholders, the Green Electronics Council has recently instituted a public comment process before a Clarification goes into effect.
The first Clarification to go through this process, EPEAT Clarification #34: Country Variability of Certain Criteria, is now open for public comment. Comments will be accepted from all interested stakeholders until 30 December, 2015. The Clarification is expected to go into effect on 31 December. The current draft of Clarification #34 and the link to provide comments may be found here.