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ASTM International Releases Latest Version of D6866 Method

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The latest version of the ASTM D6866 standard method is now available for download at the ASTM International website. Details on the changes are found in the redline version of the standard. Redline versions allow readers to easily spot additions, deletions, and other changes when comparing the active and previous versions. The revised standard was finalized in April 2011.

Beta Analytic now reports biobased content or renewable carbon content results according to ASTM D6866-11 specifications.

ASTM D6866 Background

The ASTM D6866 standard was developed at the request of the U.S. Department of Agriculture for its BioPreferred Program. The USDA wanted to have a standard method that can be used as a tool to verify the biobased claims of the program’s applicants.

The first version of the standard was published in 2004 as “Standard Test Methods for Determining the Biobased Content of Natural Range Materials Using Radiocarbon and Isotope Ratio Mass Spectrometry Analysis.” Revisions in 2005 and 2006 were also published but the standard’s descriptive name was left unchanged.

In 2008, the standard was renamed as “Standard Test Methods for Determining the Biobased Content of Solid, Liquid, and Gaseous Samples Using Radiocarbon Analysis.” Technical adjustments made necessitated the release of ASTM D6866-10 last year. The current active standard is ASTM D6866-11.

Other Biobased Content Standards

As of this year, the ASTM D6866 standard has no ISO or CEN standard equivalent although similar methods are currently in various stages of development. The following methods are based on carbon-14 analysis.

ISO 13833: 2013 – Determination of the ratio of biomass (biogenic) and fossil-derived carbon dioxide – Radiocarbon sampling and determination

This method is specific to stationary source emissions. Developed by the ISO Technical Committee for Air Quality (TC 146/SC1), ISO 13833 is currently at the Inquiry stage as of March 24, 2011.

ISO 16620-5: 2017 – Plastics — Biobased content

Applicable to plastics, the ISO 16620 is being developed by ISO Technical Committee 61/SC5. As of March 21, 2011, the standard is currently at Committee Stage (30.60 – close of voting/comment period).

CEN/TS 16295:2012 Plastics – Declaration of the bio-based carbon content

Currently under approval, this technical specification provides requirements for the declaration of biobased carbon content (including statements and labels) of polymers, plastic materials, semi-finished plastic products, and finished plastic products, including composites. Developed by CEN Technical Committee 249, the CEN/TS 16295 is scheduled for publication in November 2011.

CEN/TS 16137:2011 Plastics – Determination of bio-based carbon content

This CEN technical specification is applicable to monomers, polymers, plastic materials and products. Developed by CEN Technical Committee 249 Working Group 17, CEN/TS 16137 was approved for provisional application by CEN in December 2010 with a validity period limited to three years.

Last Updated March 9, 2015

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This entry was posted on Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 and is filed under Beta Analytic Updates, Renewable Carbon .