A new IMDS Recommendation 025 has been released (May 4, 2023). This recommendation focuses on evaluating the recycled and bio-based content of materials.


For Achieving climate neutrality by 2050 in the EU Green Deal framework and decoupling economic growth from resource use, circular economy and resource efficiency have been identified as key contributors. The EU now has to reduce its consumption footprint and increase its circular material use rate in the coming decade to fulfil this ambition. This recommendation is to suggest and set rules how the recylate and bio-based information is filled as per the given standard.

Recylate standard (ISO 14021:2016) and Bio based material content:

This standard ISO 14021:2016 specifies requirements for self-declared environmental claims. This recommendation is based on the definitions in ISO 14021:2016, an essential terminology framework for determining the recycled content of products. Percentage of recycled material, measured in mass, in a product or packaging. The pre-consumer and post-consumer materials would be categorized as recycled content. The given is the two recyclate information needed to fill when the material is answered Yes in recyaleted information.

• Post-Industrial Recyclate (PIR) • Post-Consumer Recyclate (PCR)

At first, we will have a above to be filled but now we must fill in per consumer recylate the recylate is done Mechanically or chemically and give the range of portion as well as for pre-industrial recylate. And in additional we must fill the bio- based content of the material and the range of portions.

Source Classifications
Mechanical recyclate 1 – 5, 7.1, 7.2
Chemical recyclate all classifications
Chemical recyclate 5– 6, 9.1 – 9.4

For metals and materials of other classifications released prior to IMDS Release 14 (May 10th, 2023), the section is not available for the material itself but is only shown when the material is referenced inside a semi-component or component. In the future, it might be necessary to allow input on recycled content for metals and material suppliers.

Polymer materials (classification 5), released since IMDS Release 13 (May 19th, 2021), are an exception, as sourcing information is already attached to the material itself.


The IMDS Steering Committee has decided to enhance the already existing functionality to facilitate and enable the communication of recycled and bio-based content in materials and semi-finished components throughout supply chains. While IMDS Release 14 will provide the infrastructure to report and store the corresponding data from supply chains, it does not describe how the values are to be calculated. This recommendation aims at closing this gap while ensuring data consistency and reliability by providing Ø the terminology to be used by the stakeholders and a common methodology for defining and calculating recycled and bio-based content.

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