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Biobased Content Certification of Coating Products

As consumer demand for environmentally friendly coating products that meet performance and safety standards continues to grow, third-party certification has proven to be useful for manufacturers’ marketing strategies. An article co-written by Summer Zhang and Hui Jian of Beta Analytic and Xuan Nan of Dow Chemical (China) described how to verify the biobased carbon content of products and shared updates on the biobased coating industry.

Biobased Testing & Third-Party Certification

Measuring the biobased content of coating products can be done through ASTM D6866 testing. ASTM D6866 is an international standard that uses Carbon-14 analysis to determine the biobased content of any solid, liquid or gaseous product.

Manufacturers of coating products can also apply for ecolabels and other certification programs. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) BioPreferred Program, for example, enables qualified applicants to visibly display a label showing a product’s biobased content percentage. The initiative aims to help consumers identify biobased products in the marketplace.

For more details, please read Bio-based Coatings Products and Bio-based Carbon Content Certification published in China Coating 5/2021 pp. 82-87.


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Beta Analytic’s High-Quality Biobased Testing Services

ISO 17025-accredited Beta Analytic offers two services for biobased content testing – standard (results reported in 7 business days or less) and priority (results reported in 4 business days or less). Results and quality assurance reports are available online 24/7. The lab also provides unlimited technical consultation.

Beta Analytic is not affiliated with ASTM or the USDA BioPreferred Program. The Miami-based lab welcomes inquiries on ASTM D6866 biobased content testing. Please use this contact form to inquire on fees or request for quotations.


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This entry was posted on Sunday, June 13th, 2021 and is filed under Biobased Products, USDA Biopreferred Program .