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PCR Development

Phases of PCR development

PCR Development

PCR development checklist

The Secretariat has developed a checklist for PCR development that may be used by PCR Moderators to guide them in the process to develop a PCR within the scope of the International EPD® System, and to serve as an archived document of the PCR development.

>> Download the checklist (Updated 2018-04-13)

The PCR development shall be done in an internationally-accepted manner based on an open, transparent, and participatory process either 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 outside LCA/EPD experts.

Reasonable efforts should be made to achieve consensus throughout the process.

Developing a PCR is a procedure consisting of the following phases:

  1. Initiation
  2. Preparation
  3. Consultation
  4. Approval and publication

After publication, a PCR may be updated and later de-registered if expired and no longer relevant.

Detailed information about how to develop a PCR document in the International EPD® System is given in the General Programme Instructions.