PCR Development

5 steps to publishing valid PCRs

On this page we briefly describe the five (5) steps for PCR development.
For the detailed description, please consult our GPI.

Our GPI shall be the main reference for PCR development; any nonconformity is subject to approval during the PCR review. Besides being ISO 14025 compliant, our construction product PCRs and C-PCRs also comply with the EN 15804 standard, which in essence is a core PCR for the Europe-wide generation of construction sector EPDs.

The development of any PCR shall be done in an internationally accepted manner based on an open, transparent, and participatory stakeholder engagement process by:

  • companies and organisations in co-operation with other parties, such as trade associations and interest organisations,
  • institutions involving LCA/EPD experts in close cooperation with companies or trade associations and interest organisations, or by
  • single companies or organisations in the event they have the necessary in-house competence or choose to engage external LCA/EPD experts.

The procedure described is compliant with ISO/TS 14027.

Step 1. Initiation

The initiation phase is the first step within PCR development and includes elements such as appointing a PCR moderator and defining the PCR and its scope.

During the initiation phase, a definition of the product category shall be made. The developer shall also consider already existing PCRs to avoid overlap in scope.

A PCR moderator shall also be appointed by the programme operator, who shall develop a time plan and coordinate the PCR development. PCRs should be developed as an open co-operative effort by a PCR Committee, assembled and led by the PCR moderator. They shall therefore seek cooperation with other parties to take part in the PCR committee.

When a decision is taken to start the work developing a PCR document, the PCR shall be announced by the Secretariat together with other relevant information.

Step 2. Preparation

The preparation phase is the second step within the PCR development, in which the PCR developers choose the appropriate underlying documents and parameters.

The PCR moderator and PCR Committee shall make sure that the PCR is based on the general application of the LCA methodology of the International EPD® System as described in Annex A of the General Programme Instructions. A PCR Basic Module shall also be used as a PCR template, when available. To ensure coordination across related PCRs in the same supply chain, a PCR sector coordinator may be appointed for certain product sector. A selection of LCA-based parameters/indicators shall also be made, as well as additional environmental information.

When the PCR moderator and PCR Committee have finished a draft PCR for open consultation, the draft shall be submitted to the Secretariat for a quality check.

Step 3. Consultation

The consultation phase is the third step within the PCR development, where PCR stakeholder consultation group is constituted and an open consultation is made.

A PCR stakeholder consultation group shall then be selected to representatively cover knowledge and skills in different sectors of society that are both nationally and internationally relevant for the PCR under development. The group should have a geographical diversity related to the scope of the PCR.

When complete, an open consultation should be carried out as an open internet-based participatory process that makes use of the PCR Forum. The PCR moderator shall inform the Secretariat of any planned meetings or webinars to publish information at www.environdec.com.

During the open consultation period, the PCR moderator shall guide stakeholders in the open consultation process via the PCR Forum, and collect stakeholder comments.

Step 4. Approval and publication

During the fourth step, the approval and publication of the PCR documents are finalized.

The PCR moderator and PCR Committee shall prepare the final draft PCR. The final draft shall take the comments received during the open consultation procedure into due consideration and endeavor to resolve conflicting responses from the open consultation. The final draft PCR shall then be reviewed by the Technical Committee functioning as the PCR review panel, supported by the Secretariat.

When the PCR document has been approved, the Secretariat shall prepare the final editorial changes, assign a registration number, and publish it on the website together with associated information.

The PCR moderator shall inform the PCR Committee and other stakeholders involved in the process about the final outcome of the work and publication of the PCR. The Secretariat should announce the publication at www.environdec.com, newsletter or via other communication channels.

Step 5. Updating

A PCR is valid for a pre-determined period of time to ensure that it is updated at regular intervals.

Any interested party may comment on a published PCR document via the PCR Forum or send comments via e-mail to the PCR Moderator and the Secretariat. Such comments may lead to an update during the period of validity, or should be recorded and used as input when the PCR document is subject for a later update.

An expired PCR shall not be used to develop and register new EPDs, and shall not be used to update a published EPD to give the EPD a prolonged period of validity. To be possible to use for these purposes, the expired PCR shall first be updated or have its period of validity prolonged.

Updated PCRs shall either have an updated version number or be assigned a new registration number.

In case of any questions, please contact the Secretariat at pcr@environdec.com