Poster: ETV Verified Technology Categories (PDF) (2 pp, 84 KB) July 2011
Fact Sheet: EPA's Environmental Technology Verification Program (PDF) (3 pp, 691 KB) Updated July 2013
Environmental Technology Verification Program Quality Management Plan (PDF) (84 pp, 744 KB) (EPA/600/R-08/009) January 2008
Environmental Technology Verification Program, Policy Compendium (PDF) (38 pp, 220 KB) (EPA/600/R-08/025) February 2008
U.S. EPA Environmental Technology Verification
Program (ETV) Guidelines for Proper Use of the ETV
Name and Logo (PDF) (15 pp, 646 KB) (EPA/600/R-08/029) March 2008
EPA's Environmental Technology Verification Program (ETV) (PDF) (3 pp, 691 KB) has developed test protocols and verified the performance of innovative technologies. The program was created in October 1995 to help accelerate the entrance of new environmental technologies into the domestic and international marketplaces. The goal of ETV has been to provide credible performance data for commercial-ready environmental technologies to speed their implementation for the benefit of purchasers, permitters, vendors and the public. The program will conclude operations at the end of 2013. Note: ETV is no longer accepting applications for technology verifications.
Faster and more widespread implementation of new or improved technologies helps achieve EPA’s primary mission—a cleaner and healthier environment. Real-world environmental risk reduction is directly related to the level of performance of technologies used. Because almost all new technology purchased in the United States and abroad is developed by the private sector, stakeholders have looked to ETV for an independent, objective and high-quality source of information for sound decision making. Vendors of innovative technologies need independent evaluation to help promote their technologies in a risk-adverse environmental marketplace.
ETV has been a voluntary program and has operated as a public/private partnership through cooperative agreements between EPA and private, nonprofit research institutes called ETV verification centers. These centers have tested and evaluated the performance of technologies in all environmental media—air, water and land. In 2005, ETV initiated Environmental and Sustainable Technology Evaluations (ESTE), in which priority technology categories for meeting EPA needs were verified through contracts with verification organizations.
ETV efforts have been guided by the expertise of stakeholder groups. These groups consisted of representatives of verification customers for particular technology sectors, including:
- Technology purchasers and users
- Technology developers and vendors
- State and federal regulators and permitters
- Consulting engineers
- Environmental organizations
ETV stakeholders have assisted the program by:
- Developing verification protocols for testing
- Prioritizing the types of technologies to be verified
- Implementing outreach activities to the customer groups they represent.
The definition of ETV verification is to establish or prove the truth of the performance of a technology under specific, pre-determined criteria or protocols and a strong quality management system. The highest-quality data have been assured through implementation of the ETV Quality Management Plan (PDF) (84 pp, 744 KB). Note: ETV does not endorse, certify or approve technologies.
ETV’s verification process has included the development of three main products:
- Verification reports and statements
- Test/quality assurance plans
- Verification protocols.
|Verification Reports and Statements|
A verification report has been developed for each verified technology. These reports contain the performance verification test results and meet ETV’s stringent quality assurance and peer review requirements. The audience for these reports includes:
ETV and its collaborators have conducted, oversaw and reported verification activities based on test/quality assurance plans and verification protocols developed with input from stakeholders and customer groups associated with a technology area.
A verification statement is a summary (2 to 7 pages) of the test results for a given environmental technology.
|Test/Quality Assurance Plans|
|A test/quality assurance plan has been developed by the verification center for each technology or technology category tested by ETV. These test/quality assurance plans describe the experimental approach employed during testing, with clearly stated test objectives and associated quality objectives for the related measurements. The plans may incorporate or reference existing generic verification protocols or provide the basis for refining draft protocols.|
|Verification protocols promote uniform controlled testing for a class or category of technologies. They may retain draft status until the testing is performed and are then finalized by building on the testing experience. In some cases, documentation of a robust test protocol has allowed for the development of an abbreviated test/quality assurance plan, which incorporates the verification protocol by reference.|
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