Standards for biodegradability

Certification of these materials is carried out by a conformity assessment against the relevant standard.

Standards are indispensable in ensuring safety and protecting health, the environment, and customer interests. They play a vital part in the economy and lay the foundations of free exchange of goods and services.

Certification of home compostable materials uses the following standards:

  • NF T51-800 'Plastics - Specifications for plastics suitable for home composting'
  • AS 5810 ‘Biodegradable plastics – Biodegradable plastics suitable for home composting’

Certification of industrially compostable materials uses the following standards:

  • EN 13432 ‘Packaging – Requirements for packaging recoverable through composting and biodegradation’ 
  • EN 14995 ‘Plastics – evaluation of compostability – Test scheme and specification’