For a technology company developing eco-innovations
The ETV pilot programme provides for third-party verification, on a voluntary basis, of the performance claims made by technology manufacturers in business-to-business relations. The end product is a Statement of Verification, summarising the actual performance of the verified technology as well as the results of the tests performed. With proof of performance credibly assured, innovations can expect an easier market access and/or a larger market share and the technological risk is reduced for technology purchasers.
The ETV pilot programme is open to environmental technologies ready for the market and showing a potential for innovation, while providing environmental benefits in three technology areas:
- Water treatment and monitoring (for example: monitoring of water quality, treatment of drinking water and of waste water)
- Materials, waste and resources (for example: separation and sorting of solid waste, recycling of materials, end-of-life products and chemicals, products made of biomass)
- Energy technologies (for example: renewable sources of energy, energy from waste, energy efficiency technologies)
To know more about the ETV pilot program, how it works and relevant contacts in Member States, please have a look here.
For an organization interested in being an ETV Verification Body or testing laboratory
ETV services are provided by 'Verification Bodies', which are existing organisations specifically accredited to perform verification under ETV for a given area of technology. The accreditation requested is based on the ISO/IEC Standard 17020 for inspection bodies, and on the ETV General Verification Protocol.
The ETV General Verification Protocol (GVP) is the technical reference document describing the procedures guiding the verification process and the requirements for the organisations taking part in it. The GVP has been revised in July 2014 and the revised version is applicable immediately. The revised text (version 1.1) is available here.
Organisations interested to become Verification Bodies should contact their national accreditation body, whose contact details can be found on the webpage of the European Co-operation for Accreditation.
Organisations interested to become testing bodies (performing the tests on which technology verifications are based) or analytical laboratories (analysing test samples when analyses are required) should refer to the ETV General Verification Protocol to ensure that they fulfill the requirements to participate in ETV. In particular, certification to the ISO Standard 9001 is recommended for testing bodies and accreditation to the ISO Standard 17025 is required from analytical laboratories.
Verification Bodies participate in ETV technical working groups, along with independent experts, with the objective to exchange experience, harmonise practices and give guidance on procedures. Technical working group may also be consulted in case of disagreement between a Verification Body and a third party. To contact the technical working groups or ask for more information, please send an e-mail to: JRC IET ETV
For someone wishing to know more about ETV and similar programs world-wide
The objectives and operational principles of the ETV pilot programme are described in the Commission Staff Working Paper on 'The Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) initiative – Helping Eco-Innovations to reach the Market'.
The ETV initiative is part of the Eco-innovation Action Plan. The EcoAP website provides information on other EU actions to support eco-innovation, as well as news and good practices on eco-innovation in EU countries.
A detailed assessment of the market potential and demand for an EU ETV scheme was produced by the EPEC consortium and published in June 2011.
- Final report (including Executive Summary) and annexes: Business Case and Market
- Presentation on the final report
Please also have a look at the following websites on ETV in countries participating in the ETV Steering Group:
- Danish Centre for Verification of Climate and Environmental Technologies
- Le programme ETV (in FR)
- NPL|CCM webpage on ETV (in EN)
- ETV on the website of the Polish Ministry of Environment (in PL)
Information on ETV international activities and links to non-EU programs is available on the 'International ETV links' page.