China Releases National Standard for Biobased Materials

China has released a new national standard that
covers the terminology, definition and identification of biobased materials –
GB/T 39514-2020.

The standard covers materials made from
biomass and/or by a biological manufacturing process. They include biobased:

  • Chemicals
  • Polymers
  • Plastics
  • Chemical fibers
  • Rubber
  • Material additives
  • Composites
  • Biodegradable paints
  • Products made from a variety of biobased

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The standard includes specifics on
identifying biobased materials and products. It specifies that biobased materials
must be identified on the product or outer packaging, although there are
different requirements depending on the product. Product identification can be achieved
by molding, printing, embossing, branding or any other clear and indelible
marking method.

To learn more about identification and the terminologies
contained within the national standard, see our original SafeGuard 047/21.

The new standard was included in China’s No.
26 announcement of national standards approved in 2020. It will come into
effect on June 1, 2021.

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