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Biobased Test Standards based on Carbon-14 Analysis

International Standards

ASTM D6866

  • Standard developed in the US originally for USDA BioPreferred Program
  • Applicable to all types of products (solids, liquids, gases)
  • Measures % biobased carbon as a fraction of the total organic carbon in a sample

ISO 16620

  • Applicable to plastic products, polymers and additives
  • ISO 16620-2 analysis expresses biobased carbon content as a fraction of total carbon content or total organic carbon content

ISO 19984

  • Applicable to rubber and rubber products, including polyurethanes
  • Measures biobased carbon content as a fraction of total carbon

European Standards

CEN/TS 16137

  • Applicable to monomers, polymers, plastic materials, and biocomposites
  • Expresses biobased carbon content as a fraction of total carbon content or total organic carbon content

CEN/TS 16295

  • Applicable to polymers and plastic products (semi-finished and finished)
  • Biobased content of a polymer is expressed as a fraction of the total organic carbon content

EN 16640

  • Similar to technical specifications CEN/TS 16137 and CEN/TS 16295
  • Applicable to all biobased products
  • Measures biobased carbon content as a fraction of total carbon content

EN 16766

  • Biobased carbon content testing is done according to EN 16640 or EN 16785-1
  • Applicable only to bio-based solvents

EN 16785

  • This standard references EN 16640 for radiocarbon analysis
  • Applicable to any solid, liquid and gaseous product containing carbon

EN 16807

  • Biobased carbon content measurement is done according to ASTM D6866 or EN 16640
  • Applicable only to bio-based lubricants

EN 17035 (under approval) 

  • This standard references EN 16640 and EN 16785-1 for bio-based carbon content testing
  • Applicable only to bio-based surfactants 

Related Test Standards (not offered by Beta Analytic)