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, 2017
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The BPI Approval Process & Test Requirements

The BPI certifies compostablity test results from BPI-approved testing laboratories, then licenses your company to use our trademarks (the Compostable Logo) on your products and marketing materials.

To be BPI certified, you will need to first obtain the appropriate ASTM test (D6400 or D6868), plus other tests to assure compliance with municipal composting standards.

Time & Cost


  • Testing for ASTM D6400 or D6868 may require a minimum of 90 days, and a maximum of 180 days.
  • BPI certification review requires six to eight weeks AFTER receipt of test results and other required information. 


  • BPI review costs US$1,500 for new certifications.
  • Licensing costs US$3,000 per year for three years. After three years, process of review and licensing is repeated. Note: members of the US Compost Council receive a $500/year discount.
  • Testing by scientific labs is a separate expense, billed directly to the applicant.

Testing Requirements:

BPI Test Requirements for Raw Materials

Raw Materials

  • Full disclosure formulation information. Listing and Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) of all formula constituents > 0.1% including CAS#’s. There are no concentration limit for carcinogens, reproduction toxins, environmental dangerous chemicals (PBT substances).
  • Appropriate ATR or FTIR documentation from an approved lab.
  • Maximum thickness information.
  • Product samples (at least 4 samples) and description of the form of use.
  • Metals Information from an approved lab.
  • Ash Test Results from an approved lab.
  • DIN Certco or “OK Compost” certificates, if available.

BPI Test Requirements for Products Made from Approved Materials

Finished Products Made from Approved Materials*

  • All requirements from A plus:
  • Laboratory test data demonstrating compliance with ASTM D6400 or ASTM D6868, including: biodegradation, disintegration & phytotoxicity (Germination rate and plant biomass (2 species)

BPI Test Requirements for Products Made from New Materials & Bagasse
Finished Products Made from New Materials** & Bagasse

  • All requirements from A & B plus:
  • For Bagasse/Molded Pulp:
    - Maximum density information.
    - ASTM D6866 data must be supplied if the manufacturer wishes to claim that product is a “material of natural origin,”
    - Total dry and volatile solids

* BPI-Approved products
** New raw materials not previously approved by BPI, DIN-CERTCO or OK-Compost.


Steps in the BPI Approval Process

  1. Approved Test Lab Results: Applicant obtains ASTM test results on product from BPI-Approved Lab.
  2. Trilateral NDA: BPI, DIN CERTCO, and applicant enter into an NDA. Applicant provides product description including resins or ingredients used, pigments, maximum thicknesses and tradename for product to be sold.
  3. Independent Review of Test Results:  Once applicant has submitted all test results and forms to BPI, they will be transmitted to DIN CERTCO along with a product sample for Technical Review.  
  4. BPI License Agreement: After successful review of test results, applicant enters into licensing agreement granting them right to use The Compostable Logo and other BPI trademarks. License is valid for three years. 
  5. Review of Marketing Materials & Claims: Applicant prepares sample artwork of packaging, web pages, brochures & advertising using the compostable logo. BPI will periodically test and inspect products in the market for compliance.

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