Product Category Rules (PCR) are documents that provide rules, requirements, and guidelines for developing an EPD for a specific product category, in accordance with the International standard ISO 14025.
These Rules, which establish the criteria for developing the Life-cycle Assessment (LCA), , can be issued as national, European or international standards, or as a recognized Environmental Product Declaration (EPD).
If specific PCR for an industry do not exist, AENOR creates representative industry panels consisting of industry stakeholders (associations, manufacturing companies, product customers, etc.), laboratories, Public Administrations and other interested parties. These groups submit a PCR proposal, subject to public viewing in the AENOR website, for its later approval within the GlobalEPD Programme. The work methodology of the sectorial panels is defined in theGeneral Rules of the GlobalEPD Programme.
AENOR has created the following sectorial panels for
manufacturers of products and service suppliers in the construction and civil works industry:
Steel building products
Plaster-based construction products
Mortar and ETICS
Fired clay products
The PCR issued in the construction sector must comply with European StandardEN 15804, which establishes some common rules. This standard clarifies the environmental details of construction products in Europe by creating a harmonious and accepted reference point.
The European Association
ECO Platform, which AENOR is a founding member of, works to develop a common European scheme for EPD in construction. GlobalEPD is of the Verification Programmes accredited by ECO Platform, which allows environmental declarations to be issued with its logo. What's more, it's the only one of its kind from Spain.
In the food industry, AENOR has set up the panel on nuts.
In the sectors outside of construction and civil works or food production, AENOR has created the panel forfurniture.
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Food industry panels