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.
HPD Open Standard Format and Instructions
PLEASE NOTE: HPD Version 2.1.1 was released in July 2018. The Version 2.1.1 Standard documents are available for download at this link. Full implementation, which is the point at which any newly-published HPD will need to be created with Version 2.1.1, is anticipated in mid-September 2018. At that time the HPD Builder will be updated to the 2.1.1 Standard. HPDs created with Version 2.0 and later will be able to be uploaded to the v2.1.1 format using the HPD Builder. The HPD Fillable Form will no longer be offered, beginning with Version 2.1.1.
The HPD Open Standard includes a Format and Instructions for how to create a “completed HPD,” which is generally referred to as “an HPD,” or “HPD report.” 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 version 2.1 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. The current version of the HPD Builder is 2.1, which enables the creation of version 2.1 HPDs, as well as editing of existing version 2.0 HPDs that are already in the Builder database. All HPDs created or edited after August 1, 2017 are in version 2.1.
a. Unlimited use of HPD Builder 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, which implements the HPD Open Standard, Version 2.0 and 2.1.
b. HPD Builder 1.0 is no longer available to create HPDs. All HPD v1.0 reports will expire on or before September 30, 2018. If you have questions about Version 1.0 HPDs, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 to the HPD Public Repository. Publishing can be done automatically for HPDs created using the HPD Builder tool. For HPDs created outside the HPD Builder, HPDs can be published directly to the HPD Public Repository by the manufacturer. For more information on the HPD Public Repository, follow this link.
* 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 has been developed to facilitate the interaction between manufacturer and the 3rd party preparer.