EPA updated the Framework in February of 2022 to streamline and improve clarity of the December 2016 Framework (formally known as Guidelines) used in the pilot to assess standards and ecolabels for EPA's Recommendations. The updated Framework also phases in some additional criteria for standards and ecolabels to be included in the EPA Recommendations, which are described in the section below.
The Framework provides a transparent, fair and consistent approach to assessing marketplace standards and ecolabels for environmental sustainability and for potential inclusion into
EPA's Recommendations of Specifications, Standards and Ecolabels for Federal Purchasing. EPA's Recommendations help federal purchasers identify and procure more sustainable products and services and enable progress towards the
Federal Sustainability Plan
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