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


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

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Exemption rules for NEN schemes in connection with Corona

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First interpretation document published

The Bio-based content scheme management committee has established the first interpretation document related to the Bio-based content certification system. The interpretation docume...


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