KBBPPS – Knowledge Based Bio-based Products’ Pre-Standardization

The application of standards and certification systems in the European bio-based product industry has positive long-term effects on the overall development of bio-based product markets. Trade barriers are reduced and the development of a pan-European market for bio-based products is promoted. Finally, public acceptance of bio-based products is increased through ensuring and verifying the sustainable sourcing of raw materials, the effective bio-content and clear indication of their (comparative) functionality in relation to the regular products. The KBBPPS project aims at increasing the uptake speed of standards and certification systems for bio-based products.

This project covers research and demonstration on bio-based carbon content determination, biomass content methods not solely dependent on 14C-analysis and biodegradability and eco-toxicity test schemes. Next, identification and resolution of functionality related bottlenecks with the view to developing, harmonising and validating test methodologies will be undertaken. The possibilities for improving sample preparation, fractionation and thermal treatments will be studied in order to cover bio-base carbon and other bio-based elements determination. Next, practical solutions for stakeholders, lab and field tests on biodegradation or biological derived elements will be investigated. The goal in the end is that the results can be copied one-to-one into European standards.

Following Mandates by the EC, the European Standardization Committee initiated a Technical Committee, CEN/TC 411. on “”Bio-based products””. By participating in this committee (its Secretariat being one of the partners), by exchanging with ASTM and ISO, and by doing pre- and co-normative research for them, KBBPPS will allow the European stakeholders to progress with well-defined, sound test methods correlated to actual field behaviour and applicability in the lab.


Assessment study report of indirect declaration techniques to determine total bio-based content
This report covers approaches for the indirect calculation of total bio-based content. Indirect methods are useful when the bio-based product
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Biodegrability standards assessment report
Summarises the executed work on biodegradation and gives guidance towards the interlaboratory testing Image gallery: Document: Biodegradability-standards-assessment-report
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Eco-toxicological impact study
Current biodegradation test methods in different environments (fresh water, marine environment, anaerobic environment, soil and compost) and the existing test
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Green Label report
This report presents the results of the desk research of ecolabels that can be relevant for biobased products carried out
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Market entry barriers
The main focus of this research was on technical bottlenecks for BBP stemming from regulations, codes, norms and standards, but
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Overview of current relevant sampling and biogenic carbon standards on global level
In the following report all relevant standards on a global level are reviewed with respect to the biogenic carbon content
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Public report on horizontal standard for bio-based carbon content determination
This report describes the approach proposed in the CEN standard EN 16640 (Bio-based products – Determination of the bio-based carbon
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