BPI Taps DIN CERTCO For Third-Party Compostability Verification

November 14, 2017, New York, NY - The BPI Board of Directors announced today that DIN CERTCO has been hired for the administration of technical reviews under the BPI certification program, effective December 1, 2017. 

BPI operates North America’s leading certification for compostable products, with over 6,500 products currently approved based on ASTM’s scientific standards.  DIN CERTCO has more than 2 decades of experience administering compostability certification for groups such as EU Bioplastics Association and Australasia Bioplastics, as well as its own certifications.

Certification for compostable products is critical for ensuring that items have been properly tested, meet international standards, and can be identified as such by composters, municipalities, restaurants, consumers, and others engaged in the diversion of organic waste.  States like California and Maryland have laws requiring any product marketed as compostable to meet these standards, and BPI certification is widely acknowledged as the best means of doing so.

“We are excited to partner with DIN CERTCO for this next phase of our certification program, as they are a recognized leader in the compostability field,” says Rhodes Yepsen, Executive Director of BPI.  “This will not change the appearance of the BPI certification to those who trust and rely on it.  However, offices in China and Taiwan will assist with the growing number of companies located overseas, and technical expertise will ensure continued strength in compostability claims for products and packaging that are increasingly complex in nature.”

“This is an excellent opportunity for BPI and DIN CERTCO to provide our customers the best service possible. We are convinced that we are able to provide a value added service with our experts, since we have been active in the field of industrial compostable products for more than 20 years.” adds Robert Zorn, Managing Director of DIN CERTCO. “Together with BPI we will be able to provide customers a one-stop solution to access several markets in one go.”

Compostable Logo FAQ 

How will the program change versus what was done previously? 

DIN CERTCO will take over the validation of BPI’s program. Previously,  BPI contracted with NSF International, from 2012-2017.  BPI will manage the application process, handle all the billing for certification and licensing, issue certificates and maintain the online database of certified products. DIN CERTCO will conduct the Technical Reviews. 

What will certification and licensing cost? 

The costs for certification and licensing will not change in 2018:

  • Certification Review: $1,500 per new application, valid for 3 years; $1,000 for re-certification. 
  • BPI Licensing/Membership: $3,000/yr. Members of the US Composting Council will receive a $500/yr discount. 

The licensing fee covers all certified products sold by a company; sublicenses a are required for custom manufacturing under a customer's brand.  

Will my product/material formulation information remain confidential? 

Yes, all information supplied to BPI and DIN CERTCO will be classified as confidential business information. Policies and procedures are in place to ensure that all confidential customer information is protected and secure. This is a fundamental component of all DIN CERTCO's existing certification programs. A trilateral non-disclosure agreement will be instituted with your company, DIN CERTCO, and BPI prior to starting any programs. 

Where do I access my certified materials/products? 

All certified material/products will remain listed on the BPI website. After DIN CERTCO’s validation that your products comply with ASTM D6400 or ASTM D6868, you will be sent the BPI licensing documents for signature granting you the right to use the Compostable Logo. The certified product(s) will also appear in the public listing on the BPI website as they have historically. 

Will there be changes to the Compostable Logo? 

No, the compostable logo will remain unchanged. Manufacturers can continue to use the current artwork. There will be no changes in packaging or sales materials. Composters, municipalities and haulers can still count on products that carry the Compostable Logo for their organic diversion efforts. 

How does this change in program administration affect my certified product/material? 

The change in program administration has no affect on materials/products currently certified. All materials/products will remain certified during their 3-year certification period unless a change is made to the product. BPI will notify customers when a material/product is due for recertification. The appropriate procedures for maintaining certification will be followed according to the Program Rules Document. 

Where are payments made? 

All BPI Certification program related fees will continue to be paid to BPI. 

How do I begin the process of certification? 

To begin the certification process, you may contact Susan Hubbard, Certification Manager at BPI (certification@bpiworld.org; 888-274-5646, ext 1), or visit the BPI Certification intake form. These pages will discuss all of the necessary steps required to certify your material(s) and or product(s). Product information is required to be submitted for review. This includes items such as product name/model number, formulation information, color, thickness and applicable test data from an approved  testing laboratory. 

Can I continue to use the same laboratories I’ve been using for testing purposes?

Most of the laboratories BPI has used are also approved by DIN CERTCO, or are in the process of getting approved, but please check with your lab for BPI for details.  These certified compostability testing labs are listed on the BPI website.

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