Update 2015-02-19: Version 2.0 of the PCR has now been published.
It has come to the attention of the Secretariat that there is currently a high demand to verify and register EPDs for the product category "Absorbent hygiene products".
There is currently no Product Category Rules (PCR) available to verify and register an EPD for this product category, as the available PCR expired 2014-10-14. PCRs have a limited validity after which they must be updated before they may be used for verification.
The PCR in question (PCR 2011:14) is currently ongoing the process to be updated, which includes making the document compliant with the latest General Programme Instructions. We hope to have a new version available in February 2015 for registration of new EPDs and/or extend the validity of already-registered EPDs.
In the meantime, what we offer companies wishing to verify and register EPDs for the product category is to:
- Provide you with a signed letter explaining that it is not currently possible to verify and register EPDs for the product category in the International EPD® System,
- Pre-book registration numbers for you to use after the PCR has become available,
- Receive and attest a Letter of Commitment from you directed to your customers/stakeholders that you intend to verify and register EPDs as soon as the updated PCR is available.
Use of the EPD® logotype and reference to the International EPD® System is only allowed in certified EPDs registered within the International EPD® System. To be referred to as an type III environmental declaration, the document must follow the rules and procedures of a programme operator acting in accordance with ISO 14025.
Please contact the Secretariat with any questions.