What are PCRs

To be able to fulfill high market expectations for a number of practical applications, EPDs have to meet and comply with specific and strict methodological prerequisites. These expectations include the possibility to add up LCA-based information in the supply chain and to compare different EPDs. To achieve this goal, common and harmonized calculation rules have to be established to ensure that similar procedures are used when creating EPDs.

However, groups of products, usually differ in their inherent environmental performance requiring specific rules to the product group, so-called Product Category Rules (PCR) to be prepared. The PCR documents shall be regarded as complementary to general requirements of EPD programmes.

Trade of products and services often extends national borders which call for a need to harmonize the PCR documents being prepared in various countries by different companies and branch organisations as well as independent bodies operating or implementing EPD programmes.

It is required that PCRs published in the Australasian EPD®  Programme and the International EPD® System are written in English.

Use the PCR Search to search among available PCRs in the International EPD® System.

Read more about PRCs.