This document is the manual for the VDA LCA Data Collection Format for Life Cycle Assessment (LCA). It mainly addresses a target audience with limited experience in the field of LCA or those users of the VDA LCA Data Collection Format that are interested in further background information or general methodological aspects. The two subdocuments "Checklist" and "VDA Data Collection Format Spreadsheet" are at the same time sections of this manual and separate documents that are available for direct use of experienced practitioners.