Document your commitment to sustainability with our certifications for biobased products
Products based on renewable raw materials are now regarded as indispensable components of a resource-saving recycling economy. Do you want to meet the social awareness of sustainability and meet the growing market demands for biobased products?
We support you with our certifications according to national and international standards and guidelines for your biobased products. As a manufacturer or distributor, you will be able to verify the use of renewable raw materials in the manufacturing of your products. The objective labelling of the product makes it easier for your customers and final consumers to identify biobased products.
We are the right partner for the certification of your products which are partly or completely made from renewable resources. Our experts have many years of experience as well as expertise in the environment and cooperate with the most modern testing laboratories.
If you want to document your responsible commitment to sustainable products with a certificate, please contact us today!
Maximize customer trust by certifying your biobased products
With us, as a neutral and independent third party, you document the use of renewable raw materials and demonstrate the proportion of biobased carbon. In doing so, you also demonstrate your willingness to monitor your products on a regular basis as proof of a consistent, high quality.
In using our internationally recognized "DIN-Geprüft biobased" label or the "biobased" label of the Dutch NEN, you also secure the trust of your customers and business partners. This gives you a crucial distinction within your competitive environment and your customers an important aid in decision-making in a steadily growing market.
The way to a successful certification of your biobased products
All products that have an organic content of at least 20 percent - with the exception of medical, toxic and fuel products - can be certified with the DIN-Geprüft logo. You have the possibility to have the complete product or a part of your product unit certified, thus minimizing the testing effort and making it more economical. The test is based on the following standards:
- ASTM D 6866 – „Standard Test Methods for Determining the Biobased Content of Solid, Liquid, and Gaseous Samples Using Radiocarbon Analysis“
- DIN SPEC 91236 (CEN/TS 16137) – „ Plastics - Determination of biobased carbon content“
- ISO 16620 – „Plastics - Biobased content“
For the “biobased” logo according to DIN EN 16785-1, the percentage of biobased carbon can be indicated with a corresponding logo.
DIN EN 16785-1 - Biobased products - Biobased content - Part 1: Determination of biobased content using radiocarbon and elemental analysis (German version EN 16785-1: 2015)
Our certification mark for your biobased products
With the successful completion of the testing and the positive conformity assessment of the submitted application documents, we issue you a certificate and you receive the right to use the "DIN-Geprüft biobased" certification mark as well as the corresponding registration number.
Depending on the proportion of biobased carbon, the quality levels are classified as follows:
- Biobased 20 – 50 %
- Biobased 50 – 85 %
- Biobased > 85 %
Your certificate has a validity of six years and can be extended through corresponding monitoring, supplementary and special tests and assessments as well as a request for extension. If your biobased product is compostable, you can also confirm this with our compostable mark in addition to your DIN-Geprüft mark.
In addition, we offer you the possibility to have your products certified according to DIN EN 16785-1 and to obtain the "biobased" certification mark. For this, an elemental analysis (carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and hydrogen) for materials is necessary in addition to determining the 14C content for products. The certificate is valid for five years and is also regularly monitored.
Your reliable partner for your biobased products
As experienced experts, we are the right partner for the impartial testing and certification of your biobased products. Our globally recognized certification marks ensure that you obtain the trust of the markets as well as your customers. The certificates you acquire can be viewed in our daily updated database, and all documents relevant for certification are available on our website.
Document your sustainable and environmentally friendly handling of valuable resources and make an appointment with our experts!
Further information on biobased products
- Application Form (DOC, 614 KB)
- Certification Scheme biobased products (PDF, 292 KB)
- Certification Scheme biobased products NCS-16785 (PDF, 1.25 MB)
- Schedule of Fees (PDF, 66 KB)
- Leaflet Sublicence (PDF, 123 KB)
- Leaflet (PDF, 133 KB)
- Leaflet II (PDF, 72 KB)
- Flyer Environmental Field (PDF, 474 KB)
- Flyer Certification of biobased products (PDF, 456 KB)
- General Terms and Conditions (PDF, 209 KB)
- Bio-based content NCS-16785 (PDF, 1.25 MB)
Would you like to know more about the certification for biobased products?
We have compiled the answers to the most frequently asked questions on this topic for you.
What are the fees for a certification?
According to the Schedule of fees the fees for a "simple" certification are identical for materials, intermediate or products for all applicants, technical fees not included. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us.
How long is the certificate valid?
The certificate is valid for 6 years - independently of the finished item.
Is it possible to certify resins or intermediates, too?
Yes, even together on the same certificate if the intermediate is made from the identical material, i.e. resin. For Example: Resin and film. Also resin and (end)-product is possible.
Is it possible to certify components, multipart product-units or parts of product units?
Of course. Components, multipart product-units or parts of product units can be certified, too.
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