What is a planned independent requirement?

Independent requirements and dependent requirements are the two main types of requirements you encounter when configuring SAP planning. This is what they are:

Planned Independent Requirements (PIR)

Planned Independent Requirements are planned production or sales quantities that are based on some sort of forecast procedure (e.g. Material Forecast or S&OP procedure). These numbers are used in MRP to calculate procurement and/or production quantities for a material.

(Planned) dependent requirements

Dependent requirements is demand that is dependent on another material. E.g. components of a bill of material are often planned on the basis of the demand for the material of which it is a part.


You plan to sell 200 bikes in the month of January 2009 based on sales in the same month of 2008. These 200 bikes is a Planned Independent Requirement for 01/2009.

Since every bike is produced using two pedals the 200 bikes you plan to sell in January 2009 results in 400 pedals you need to procure. These 400 pedals is a planned dependent requirement for 01/2009.

On the basis of these numbers MRP can calculate including current stock levels how much bikes and pedals you actually need to produce/procure.


Sometimes “old” planned independent requirements can negatively affect your MRP planning leading to an overstatement of procurement quantities. How you can get rid of these requirements is posted here.

Read about PIRs and Consumption-based Planning here.


12 thoughts on “What is a planned independent requirement?

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  3. Subashini

    Highly Informative!

    Stuffs not understood by me in books or the procedures given were given with examples.

    Thank You

  4. Suresh Sellaiah

    Perfect information which even a layman could understand. Expecting your expertise examples on these kind of basics.

    Best Regards,

  5. Chetan Shah

    Perfect Information. Such type of information is very useful to freshers. Great job, Well Done.

    Chetan Shah

  6. Salvador

    Thanks for the explanation I have one more doubt. I’m a demand planner and use PIR’s to send the demand signal to the sites. This creates VSF and then when the orders arrive they consume those VSF… what is really hard to understand is that my forecast is driven by my customer request date but when the order arrived they’re loaded using the MAD date making a mess when trying to reconciliate the FC vs Firming

  7. Syed

    Wonderful,there are some very interesting explanations,to the point for Junior consultants. Thanks


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