What is a Product Category Rule (PCR)?
A PCR is defined in ISO 14025 as a set of specific rules, requirements, and guidelines for developing environmental product declarations (EPDs) for one or more products that can fulfill equivalent functions. PCR determine what information should be gathered and how that information should be evaluated for an EPD.
What is an EPD?
An EPD provides quantifiable environmental data to compare products that fulfill the same function. In order to create comparable EPDs, they must follow the same rules and guidelines called PCR.
Who is responsible for managing the ASTM EPD Program?
As the Program Operator, ASTM International, through the Committee on Certification Programs, (a standing committee of the ASTM Board of Directors) is responsible for the ASTM EPD Program, its scope and its procedures, including review and maintenance.
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.
Does ASTM collaborate with other program operators?
Yes, ASTM works with other Program Operators to coordinate efforts to assist industry sectors while reducing duplication of effort.
Does ASTM charge a fee to develop, review, and publish a PCR?
No, ASTM does not charge any fees to develop, and publish a PCR.
Does ASTM charge a fee for the review of the PCR since there must be an independent review panel of three individuals?
No, ASTM does not charge any fees to review a PCR.
How are PCR developed in ASTM?
PCR are developed by ASTM with input from a Stakeholder Group. The membership of the Stakeholder Group includes manufacturers, association representatives, consumers, government representatives, purchasers, suppliers, users, and others
Are PCR developed using the ASTM standards development process?
No, PCR will not be developed using the standards development process. PCR will be developed by ASTM with input from a Stakeholder Group following the EPD Program General Program Instructions.
Is there a limit to the number of members on the Stakeholder Group?
No, there is no limit to the number of members on the Stakeholder Group.
How do you resolve dissenting views?
Dissenting views will be discussed and addressed by the members of the Stakeholder Group.
How will ASTM solicit comments/feedback on PCR from outside stakeholders?
ASTM will provide a public comment period for each PCR so that any interested party may submit comments/feedback.
How will comments/feedback received on a PCR from stakeholders outside the ASTM EPD Program be handled by the Stakeholder Group?
All comments/feedback will be provided to the Program Operator for review and response.
Does each industry have a distinct Stakeholder Group?
Each industry will have a distinct Stakeholder Group. In some cases, depending on the product/material, broad industry sectors may have more than one Stakeholder Group.
How long are PCR valid?
The Program Operator will define the validity period of the PCR.
How will PCR be maintained?
The Program Operator will be responsible for maintaining the PCR.
What happens if there is an existing PCR published by another program operator?
ASTM staff will research all relevant PCR from other Program Operators before developing a PCR. Any existing, relevant PCR will be reviewed. If the existing PCR is acceptable then ASTM will use that PCR for verifying EPDs. If the existing PCR is not acceptable then ASTM will provide a rationale for why it is not acceptable in the new PCR.
Does ASTM charge a fee for verifying EPDs?
Yes, ASTM charges a fee to verify a manufacturer’s EPD. For fee information, please contact Chris Surak, 610-832-9711 or firstname.lastname@example.org.