FAQs about ASTM's Environmental Product Declaration Programs

    Product Category Review (PCR) Services

    What is ASTM International’s PCR development process?

    ASTM's PCR development process involves:

    • Working with industry group(s) when a need to develop PCR is identified;
    • Reviewing existing PCR and LCA work related to a relevant product category;
    • Identifying interested parties and assembling a stakeholder group to assist with the PCR development;
    • Providing an ASTM PCR template for the development of the new PCR;
    • Facilitating virtual meetings for PCR development and providing guidance throughout the PCR process;
    • Posting draft PCR for public review;
    • Facilitating third-party panel review of draft PCR;
    • Finalizing PCR including editing and public posting to ASTM website.

    How long will the PCR development process take?

    Development time is dependent on a number of variables but the typical process to develop a new PCR takes seven to eight months.

    What is the charge to develop a PCR through ASTM?

    Under the ASTM program, there are no charges associated with the development and publishing of a PCR.

    Who 'owns' the PCR once developed?

    ASTM as the Program Operator owns the PCR.

    How long is an ASTM PCR valid for?

    Five years from the latest date of publication. If after five years, relevant changes in the product category or other relevant factors have occurred, the document will be revised.

    I have a comment or concern about an existing ASTM PCR. Who can I contact?

    Please e-mail CERT@astm.org.

    Is the ASTM International EPD Program limited to products and materials in North America?

    The scope of the ASTM International EPD Program is primarily for the North American Market.

    What role does the Stakeholder Group play in PCR development?

    While PCR development is not a 'consensus' process like standards development, ASTM as the Program Operator solicits input and engages in an open participatory process with the Stakeholder Group throughout the PCR development process. The group ideally will include members with knowledge in the following areas:

    • Product manufacturing process
    • Product use
    • Life Cycle Assessment/Sustainability
    • Product Marketing

    As a Stakeholder group member, how much time should I expect to commit to the process?

    Time commitments vary based on factors such as:

    • Determining the scope of the PCR
    • Number of products within a category
    • Whether a draft PCR is available
    • Required PCR draft edits
    • Number of public comments received

    A reasonable estimation of committed time is 15-20 hours over the development process.

    What is the role of the public review?

    ASTM uses this review period to allow all interested parties to comment on the draft PCR before it is reviewed by the third-party panel. While not a consensus process, all comments submitted will be reviewed and receive a response from ASTM.

    LCA Review and EPD Verification Services

    What is the process to have ASTM verify an EPD?

    ASTM has a number of EPD verifiers on contract retainer and would work with them to establish a project timeline. ASTM offers the use of an EPD template and would facilitate verification of the resultant EPD.

    Does ASTM only verify EPDs from their own PCR?

    No, we can review LCA and verify EPD from any acceptable PCR.

    Who 'owns' the LCA report and/or the EPD once complete?

    The manufacturer, company or organization that commissions the LCA and develops the EPD maintains sole ownership of both the LCA and EPD.

    How much will it cost for an organization to have ASTM verify an EPD or review an LCA report developed from a PCR?

    ASTM pricing works on a sliding scale for EPD verification and LCA critical reviews. Please contact CERT@astm.org for specific quotes.

    How long would it take for ASTM to verify an EPD that was submitted?

    This is dependent on the availability of our contractors and review cycles but most have taken at least two weeks for an initial review cycle and then a subsequent cycle for finalization. Three to four weeks total is typical.