Applicants are required to submit representative physical samples of the items being certified. The applicant will receive specific instructions on sending these samples to DIN CERTCO, BPI’s technical reviewer, for documentation. These samples are photographed, measured for thickness/grammage, and undergo FTIR analysis. This information is used to validate the composition of the product and the test results provided by the applicant from the external lab. This is a separate process from the testing an applicant is required to have conducted at an external, BPI-Approved Lab in Step 2 of the certification process.
Once all required tests from the test scheme have been completed, the applicant directs the BPI-Approved Lab that conducted the testing to send the results directly to BPI and DIN CERTCO.
The Technical Review will begin when BPI’s technical reviewer, DIN CERTCO, has received ALL required tests and the requested representative physical samples. The entire process generally takes an average of 4 weeks but can take longer if application volumes are high. DIN CERTCO’s expert team performs a detailed check on formulations, safety data sheets, and test reports to ensure they meet ASTM standards and BPI’s certification requirements. This includes quality control checks on how the tests were actually performed.
The applicant will receive an email notification from their BPI Project Manager when the Technical Review is complete.