On October 26th, 2018, the  International EPD System (https://www.environdec.com/) started the Open Consultation procedure for the Draft of PCR on Packaging prepared by ApE Packaging Group (https://www.environdec.com/PCR/Detail/?Pcr=13818). When finished, this document would serve as Product Category Rules (PCR) for packaging products. It aims to be the main way to develop and register Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) in the International EPD System and it refers to the International ISO standard developed for packaging.

This document is developed through a multi-code (UN CPC codes) and multi-material approach. The framework of the document is based on the main functions of packaging as stated with the ISO definition. “Packaging”: product to be used for the containment, protection, handling, delivery, storage, transport and presentation of goods, from raw materials to processed goods, from the producer to the user or consumer, including processor, assembler or other intermediary.

This PCR has been developed with the modular approach regarding the life cycle stages and the system boundaries definition. The declared unit is based on technical characteristics relevant for any packaging purpose, extendable to functional unit to include intended use, use phase and end-of-life.

  • If this document is used for consumer packaging (packaging constituting, with its contents, a sales unit for the final user or consumer at the point of retail) it may be used for an EPD for packaging products based on a functional unit, cradle-to-grave;
  • If this document is used for distribution packaging (packaging designed to contain one or more articles or packages, or bulk material, for the purposes of transport, handling and/or distribution), it may be used for an EPD for packaging products based on a declared unit, cradle-to-gate or cradle-to-gate with options.

Other already issued PCRs on the packaging sector can potentially remain valid as stand- alone PCRs and they can be gradually made compliant with this PCR”