China Releases National Standard for Biobased Materials

Top Quote A look at China’s new national standard for the terminology, definition and identification of biobased materials – GB/T 39514-2020. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) April 23, 2021 - China has released a new national standard that covers the terminology, definition and identification of biobased materials – GB/T 39514-2020.

    The standard covers materials made from biomass and/or by a biological manufacturing process. They include biobased:
    • Chemicals
    • Polymers
    • Plastics
    • Chemical fibers
    • Rubber
    • Material additives
    • Composites
    • Biodegradable paints
    • Products made from a variety of biobased materials

    The standard includes specifics on identifying biobased materials and products. It specifies that biobased materials must be identified on the product or outer packaging, although there are different requirements depending on the product. Product identification can be achieved by molding, printing, embossing, branding or any other clear and indelible marking method.

    To learn more about identification and the terminologies contained within the national standard, see our original SafeGuard 047/21.

    The new standard was included in China’s No. 26 announcement of national standards approved in 2020. It will come into effect on June 1, 2021.

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