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Product Category Rules (PCRs)

Verify Environmental Product Declarations by using existing PCRs created by other program operators.

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Overview

PCRs are a necessary tool that define the rules and requirements for Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). PCRs are developed in an open and collaborative manner, much like industry standards. Interested parties and stakeholders may participate in what’s known as an open development process, which allows them to review the draft PCR, ask questions, and share comments electronically. Stakeholders may include material suppliers, manufacturers, trade associations, purchasers, users, consumers, nongovernmental organizations, public agencies, life-cycle assessment  practitioners and certification bodies.

UL Environment, a program operator functioning under ISO 14025, maintains all comments and questions received during the development process and then posts PCRs for a public comment period. Then, UL Environment will submit a final version of the PCR to a review panel for approval. Once approved, it is published on UL’s Standards website. PCRs expire every three-to-five years and must be updated to address relevant changes in the industry. However, PCRs are living documents and may be updated within this window, if needed.

If you are interested in working with UL Environment on the creation of PCRs, email us at: [email protected]

UL Environment can certify EPDs using existing PCRs created by any program operator. When no PCR exists for a product group or particular geography, UL Environment will work with stakeholders to create one or address regionally specific requirements for PCRs created for another market.

Below are links to PCRs and geographic-specific addenda created and published by UL Environment:

UL Environment/IBU Core PCR: Part A

V1.3 – June 2014

V2 – June 2017

V3 – February 2018

V3.1 – March 2018

V3.2 – December 2018 (current)

Bathroom Fittings

Builders Hardware – 2014-04-23 to 2019-04-23 (update in development)

Cladding Product Systems – 2015-06-18 to 2019-06-18

Commercial Steel Door and Frame PCR – 2015-03-10 to 2020-03-10

Hand Dryers (Global) – 2016-07-13 to 2021-07-13

Piping systems for use for sewage and storm water (under gravity): North American Addendum – 2014-06 to 2016-06 (update planned)

Power Inverter Products – 2017-08 to 2022-08

Printers and Multi-Function Printing Units – 2018-04 to 2023-04

Tires – 2017-11 to 2022-11

Transport Refrigeration Units (North America) – 2017-04 to 2022-04

Wire and Cable (NA Addendum) – 2014-04-01 to 2017-03-31

Wooden Pallets (North America) – 2019-06-19 to 2024-06-19

PCRs in development

Please contact us for more information about UL's PCR development process.

  • Builders Hardware
  • Metal Ceiling and Wall Products
  • Mechanical Insulation
  • Wood Products

PCRs in Public Consultation

The public comment period for the following PCRs is now open and the document(s) may be downloaded at the bottom of the page. Public comments must be submitted using the PCR comment template below.

  • Part B: Builders Hardware
  • Part B: Metal Ceilings and Wall Products

Benefits

UL Environment has extensive experience developing PCRs and a proven history of working with multiple stakeholders. In addition, UL Environment can verify EPDs by using existing PCRs created by other program operators.

Why UL

UL is a global leader in the development of PCRs, and our experience working with industries and stakeholders enables us to support you and your EPDs.

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