Sublicensing vs. Certifying
When is a Sublicense Necessary?
If a company (i.e., a distributor) purchases BPI-certified products for resale purposes that only display the original certificate holder’s brand name, then a sublicense isn’t required.
If a company (i.e., a restaurant) purchases BPI-certified products that display both the manufacturer’s identifier/brand name and the company’s brand name for in-house use and not resale purposes (i.e., custom prints), then a sublicense isn’t required.
If a company purchases BPI-certified products that display both the manufacturer's identifier/brand name and the company’s brand name for resale purposes (i.e., co-branding), then a sublicense is required. Either the licensee’s or sublicensee’s cert number can be used on the sublicensed products and packaging.
Identification of Product(s) to Sublicense
If you’re a company looking to sublicense from a BPI Member, please visit our searchable catalog for a list of BPI-certified products, and let BPI know if you need help contacting any Member companies to set up a Sublicense Agreement. You will need approval from the licensee in order to move forward with the sublicense process.