It will do this in its role as a Program Operator for Product Category Rules (PCRs) and Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), which will provide the venue for developing PCRs and verifying EPDs.

"The ASTM International programme will provide scientifically based, quantifiable information about product parameters such as resource consumption and ozone depletion," says Timothy Brooke, vice president of certification, training and proficiency testing at ASTM International.

 PCRs will detail the rules and guidelines for developing environmental declarations for products that can fulfill equivalent functions. EPDs will be verified to ensure their adherence to the ISO 14040 standards as well as to ensure that lifecycle assessment data accurately describes the environmental aspects of a product. ASTM International has developed its programme in accordance with ISO 14025 - Environmental Labels and Declarations - Type III Environmental Declarations - Principles and Procedures.