Biodegradation Test Laboratory Overview
Testing Biodegradation for Industrial and Consumer Products
Below is a list of the types of Biodegradability Testing performed by our lab.Select the following links for specific agency test methods: ASTM, ISO, OECD and EPA.
Solid State Biodegradability and Composting Test Methods
Liquid State Biodegradability Test Methods
Dry Material Compostability Testing
FTC and EPA Regulatory Claims and Initiatives
The Federal Trade Commission and US EPA directly regulate claims on 'green' products with respect to their claims on biodegradability and compostability.
Products making claims of biodegradation require scientific validation to support the claims of the product.
Claims on product biodegradation are becoming increasing scrutinized, and require valid scientific validation of the performance being claimed.
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issues a Green Guide for guidance on label claims which is extracted from the US Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) in (16 CFR Part 260). As consumers awareness has grown, Regulatory and Trade agencies across the globe are requiring valid proof of biodegradability claims such as aerobic or anaerobic biodegradability, and compostability.Making claims without support of the products performance can lead to fines and other censure resulting in a negative customer impact.