C2C Certified™ Version 4.0



The most ambitious standard for a circular future

You are aiming to make a real positive impact? Then take your chance and design your products according to the most ambitious and actionable standard on the market: the new C2C Certified Version 4.0.

Cedric Wintraecken, Head of Certification at EPEA, explains: “With this Product Standard we will achieve a healthy and equitable future. Compared to the former Version 3.1 the new standard redefines what it means to make products today that enable a safe and circular tomorrow. EPEA as the leading assessment body will guide you through the whole certification process.”

So, what’s new in Version 4.0?

Cradle to Cradle Certified Version 4.0 features new and enhanced requirements in all performance categories, including:

  • New frameworks for Product Circularity and Social Fairness that define global best practices.
  • More rigorous requirements in Clean Air & Climate Protection that promote urgent action to address climate change.
  • Expanded requirements in Water & Soil Stewardship to ensure clean water and healthy soils are available to people and all other organisms.
  • Improved alignment of Material Health requirements with leading chemical regulations and other standards, including a new Restricted Substances List.

For a full overview of new requirements please follow the link. The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute will begin accepting new applications to certify products to the Version 4.0 standard in July 2021.

You are already certified according to Version 3.1?

Products currently certified to Version 3.1 may apply for certification to Version 4.0 beginning 1 July 2021 and will be required to certify to Version 4.0 from 30 June 2024. Applications and assessment summary forms for certification to Version 3.1 will be accepted until 1 April 2022. EPEA supports you regarding the individual impact of the new certification standard on your product.