Create an HPD

A cost efficient reporting method for manufacturers

The Health Product Declaration® (HPD) offers a transparent, unbiased framework for manufacturers to provide cost effective reporting of material product content and associated health information. The HPD Open Standard helps manufacturers make chemical choices in their own product development informed by the best information available about human and environmental health. The process is initiated by the company that legally owns a product to create an HPD for it.

Within the HPD Collaborative and HPD Open Standard documentation this company is referred to as the “manufacturer,” although it may be the case that the product is actually produced by a company other than the owner of the product.  Understanding that in the modern supply chain system there may be this situation, when the term “manufacturer” is used, it is intended to refer to the legal owner of the product.  The manufacturer is responsible for the data reported in a completed HPD.

The HPD Open Standard includes a Format and Instructions for how to create a “completed HPD,” which is generally referred to as “an HPD.”  It is up to the manufacturer to determine the approach to creating an HPD that is the best fit for their needs*.  To facilitate the creation of HPDs, the HPD Collaborative offers, in addition to Standard itself, two tools for manufacturers to use:

1.      The HPD Fillable Form – This is a fillable PDF that enables fully offline creation of an HPD.  Once data is entered, the “completed HPD” can be saved as a PDF.  The Fillable Form is available for HPD version 2.0 only, and is available at no charge on the HPDC website, at this link.

2.      The HPD Builder – the HPD Builder is a web-based, automated data entry system and database.  Manufacturers establish an account, which then provides access to the data entry tool, and enables a manufacturer to maintain a database of HPDs that they have created.  There are two versions of the HPD Builder, one for creating HPDs using Version 1 of the Standard, and one for creating HPDs with Version 2 of the Standard.

a.      Unlimited use of HPD Builder 2.0 is provided to HPDC members.  It is also available for more limited use for a nominal fee.  Those creating new HPDs are encouraged to do so using HPD Builder 2.0, which implements the HPD Open Standard, Version 2.0, and also contains many ease-of-use upgrades from the Builder 1.0 system.

b.      HPD Builder 1.0 will be open for new accounts to be created through September 30, 2016.  After that date (which is the last date for the creation of a new HPD using HPD Open Standard 1.0), HPD Builder 1.0 will remain open to current accounts, to enable maintenance of existing HPDs developed under HPD 1.0.

Access to the HPD Builders is available on the HPDC website, at this link.

Once an HPD has been created, the manufacturer has the option to make the HPD “public.” Many standards and certifications that accept HPDs as documentation encourage – or require – that the HPD be publicly accessible.

Manufacturers can provide for public access to completed HPDs by publishing the HPD on their website, as well as by providing the HPD to other public libraries (such as the HPD Library maintained by the SmithGroupJJR).

* Note:  For some manufacturers, working with a 3rd party preparer is an option that may best meet their needs.  The HPD Open Standard allows for the use of 3rd party preparers, and the HPD Builder 2.0 has been developed to facilitate the interaction between manufacturer and the 3rd party preparer.