Bio-based content

Bio-based products are products which are wholly or partly derived from biomass. Therefore, it is essential to characterize the amount of biomass contained in the product.

The European bio-based content certification scheme is used to specify and validate the amount of biomass in  a bio-based product, based on the European standard EN 16785-1:2015.  This European standard provides a method of determining the bio-based content of solid, liquid and gaseous products using the radiocarbon analysis and elemental analyses.

Bio-based content certification enables transparent and credible communication about the bio-based content of a product in the business-to-business and business-to-consumer communication, which not only involves the bio-based carbon content, but also the other elements hydrogen, oxygen and nitrogen.


The process for being granted a certificate is described in the road map.

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Certificate holders

Consult the overview of certificates.

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Latest news


Bio-based content certification presented at European Coatings Technology Forum

On 6 and 7 October 2020, the European Coatings Technology Forum on Bio-based coatings took place. Initially intended as an onsite conference, all talks were provided remotely via ...



Bio-based content major topic in CEN webinar on bio-based products

On 2 October 2020, CEN organised the webinar "Boosting the bio-based products market through standardization" to give interested parties insights on the current bio-based market a...



EUBA recommends Bio-based content certification in their position on the EU Green Deal

The European Bioeconomy Alliance (EUBA) supports the ambitious European Commission strategy to drastically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the EU and achieve climate neutrality ...


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