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ASTM International Publishes New Product Category Rules for the Cement Industry


ASTM International has partnered with the Slag Cement Association (SCA) to develop new Product Category Rules (PCR) for slag cement. This PCR establishes the criteria for developing an Environmental Product Declaration (EPD) for slag cement used in concrete, mortar and other construction applications.

“The Slag Cement Association has long understood the potential environmental benefit of the use of slag cement, a recovered material,” says John Melander, executive director of SCA, and an ASTM member. “This PCR provides a standardized method for developing and disseminating verifiable information about the environmental impact of slag cement.”

ASTM International’s world-renowned document development system uniquely positions us as an ideal venue for the development of PCRs. “In choosing to partner with ASTM International as program operator, SCA recognized ASTM’s long history of development of widely accepted standards for the marketplace,” says Melander.

EPDs are a highly regarded way to demonstrate a company’s commitment to sustainability, quality and responsibility. They show businesses the real environmental impact of your product over the course of its lifetime and help differentiate your product in the marketplace.

Partnering with ASTM is a convenient, credible and cost-effective way to develop PCRs and verify EPDs. ASTM does not charge for the development of a Product Category Rule.

For prices and for more information about developing new PCRs, please contact Chris Surak, ASTM International ( Click here for more information about ASTM PCRs and EPDs.

The Slag Cement Association represents companies that produce and ship over 90% of the slag cement (ground-granulated blast-furnace slag) in the U.S. Through a program of continuous research, promotion, and education, SCA communicates the performance and sustainable benefits of this cementitious material to stakeholders throughout the construction industry. The association functions, through the support and participation of member companies, for the benefit of the community at large. More information is available at

ASTM International is one of the largest international standards development and delivery systems in the world. ASTM International meets the World Trade Organization (WTO) principles for the development of international standards: coherence, consensus, development dimension, effectiveness, impartiality, openness, relevance and transparency. ASTM standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems and commercial transactions.

ASTM Staff Contact: Chris Surak, Phone: 610-832-9711;

Release #9657

August 27, 2014

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