We offer plastic manufacturers a wide range of biodegradability / compostability tests so as to avoid confusion in relation to the “Bio” concept.
The market cannot be boosted without the appropriate regulations that prevent manufacturers from introducing so-called “biodegradable”plastics on the market without compostability guarantees.
The main standards to verify the compostability of materials are: EN 14995; EN 13432; ASTM D6400 and ISO 17088. We carry out our testing in accordance with these standards which specify the requirements to determine the compostability and treatability of the materials:
- Composition of the material or materials that make up the product, paying special attention to the absence of hazardous substances, including heavy metals.
- Biodegradation (ISO 14855, among others). A minimum percentage of the material’s initial weight should biodegrade within a certain period.
- Disintegration (mainly ISO 16929) during biological treatment. There should not be any fragments of material in excess of 2mm x 2mm after a certain period of time.
- Effect on the biological treatment process.
- Effect on the quality of the compost obtained, which can be assessed via ecotoxicity tests on plants (OECD 208).
- Producers and processors of polymeric materials.
- Manufacturers of products that incorporate polymeric materials.
- Manufacturers of packaging for use in food.
Accreditations and Certifications
ENAC ILAC accreditation for the construction sector in compliance with ISO 17025, under file No. 4/LE024
Laboratory certified in ISO 9001 and ISO 17025 (ENAC certification No. 4/LE063)
Notified Body No. 1292 for the Construction Products Directive
Technical Assessment Body (TAB) for issuing European Technical Assessments (ETAs) for Construction Products.