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PCR development

Phases of PCR development

PCR development

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.

Useful documents when developing a PCR

PCR development checklist


Guides the PCR Moderator and PCR Committee in the process to develop a PCR within the framework of the International EPD® System, and serves as an archived documentation of the PCR development. 

PCR Basic Modules

PCR templates (PCR Basic Modules)


The PCR Basic Modules are not PCRs in themselves – unless otherwise stated – but serve as a template and contain the information required to develop a PCR.