Appoint a PCR Moderator
The work to be carried out for the PCR development process needs strong coordination. Therefore, it is of vital importance that the work is led by a person familiar with the EPD approach as well as having the necessary basic LCA understanding. This work shall be carried out in close cooperation with the programme operator.
To safeguard a successful outcome of the PCR development work, the International EPD® System nominates a PCR Moderator to take on the role as a leading person in the PCR preparation process.
Any party that is interested in developing a PCR is encouraged to contact the Secretariat at email@example.com.
Consider available PCRs
Search for PCR in the International EPD System
PCRs in other systems in accordance with ISO 14025 may be found through a Google search or by searching on the web page of other programme operators.
Harmonisation of PCR documents is a cornerstone in the International EPD® System due to its international applicability. Therefore, the development of PCR for a product category should be done considering readily available PCR documents in the same product category and the appropriate market area, as advocated in ISO 14025. When starting up PCR work, it is therefore important as a first step to search for available PCR documents, which could be done by making use of the existing PCRs developed within the framework of the International EPD® System. If a relevant PCR document already exists in another environmental declarations programme it is important to examine the basic LCA approach taken to find out if the degree of consistencies with the approach taken in the International EPD® System. As a general rule appropriate information from other PCR document should be used to the extent possible.
If a PCR does not exist for the product category of interest, this has to be prepared and approved in accordance to the procedure for developing a PCR document within the framework of the International EPD® System.
Seek cooperation with other parties
Developing PCR documents should always be done as a co-operative effort including as many interested parties as possible, e.g. representatives different companies and branch organisations, to ensure a broad acceptance and reproducibility of the calculation rules. In case of single companies initiating the work to develop PCR, it is especially important seek co-operation with other parties that may be interested to participate in the work.
Constitute the Product Category Stakeholder Consultation Group
The seeking of cooperation with other parties should be followed by an activity carried out jointly by the PCR moderator and the programme operator to form a core expert group - referred to as the Product Category Stakeholder Consultation Group - representing the product category and willing to take part in the preparation of the PCR. The programme operator has a special responsibility to ensure that relevant stakeholders are being contacted.
The programme operator shall publish the members of the group assisting during the PCR preparation on the PCR website before the open consultation.
Publication on the Internet
When a decision is taken to start the work developing a PCR document, this shall be announced to the programme operator being responsible for handling such an announcement. The announcement may be accompanied by selected information of relevance for the PCR work. It is compulsory to indicate the PCR moderator to contact for further information.
The programme operator will make information public available about the upcoming PCR work on the website, searchable database and social media. The immediate announcement of a PCR document under preparation is important due to several reasons, e.g. to inform and engage interested parties to be involved in the work (which should be done by contacting the PCR moderator) and to avoid parallel work within the same product category in another EPD programme, if found relevant.
The PCR moderator shall inform the secretariat about relevant industry and trade publications were PCR development should be announced.
It is recommended that the preparation phase lasts for at least four weeks, from annoucement on the web page to start of the open consultation.