MARCH 2012

Biodegradable Products Institute logo program expands

To handle a five-fold increase in compostable product certifications, the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI) has announced that its successful “Compostable Logo” effort is now administered by NSF International.

The NSF is a global certification organization which will verify manufacturers’ claims of compostability in large-scale composting facilities. Companies submit products and testing data to substantiate the biodegradation, disintegration and absence of eco-toxicity of their products. After certification, manufacturers, authorized distributors and resellers may then license the BPI’s “Compostable Logo” for marketing claims.

NSF International will now accept and review certification requests to ensure that all BPI certified products continue to meet ASTM D6400 or ASTM D6868 standards for compostability.

Actual licensing and market development efforts will remain the responsibility of the BPI.

NSF provides third-party, independent product certification and testing, and is actively involved in the development of global public health standards. NSF brings to the BPI’s certification program more than 65 years’ experience, including national and international accreditations.

The new service agreement is designed to bolster the credibility and capability of the 10-year-old BPI “Compostable Logo” program, which has experienced unprecedented growth in recent years. By partnering with NSF, the BPI certification program will also comply with the requirements of ISO Guide 65, the internationally recognized standard. for third-party certification bodies.