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Emerging Best Practices

Emerging Best Practices are official parts of the HPD Open Standard, and are governed by the HPDC Technical Committee. Topics have been designated as Emerging Best Practices because they are evolving at a more rapid rate than may be accommodated by the regular revision cycle for the HPD Open Standard. Please review each of the Best Practices below for more specific background information.

Emerging Best Practices are referenced from specific sections within the instructions of the HPD Open Standard.

When Emerging Best Practices are updated, notices will be posted on the HPDC website, and notifications sent to HPDC members and newsletter subscribers. To create HPDs that are fully up-to-date with the HPD Open Standard, including Best Practices, use a standard-compliant tool such as the HPD Builder, make sure you are working with a preparer who is familiar with current Best Practices, or make sure to reference current Best Practices here.

Use the links below to access Emerging Best Practices on various topics. Note that some of the Best Practices areas listed below include several specific Best Practices documents. These documents are issued along with revision dates, as appropriate. The most current version will be listed, along with previous versions. Each version is effective on the date listed, unless otherwise noted.


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Hazard Screening 2018-07-03
Residuals and Impurities 2018-07-03
Special Conditions 2018-07-03
HPD Quality Control 2017-12-11

Guidelines for Material and Substance Characterization 

Resource Forthcoming


Guidelines for Pre-Checks for Consistency With Other Programs 2019-04-18