Updated August 2014 – Phase 1
Biochar manufacturers must apply for IBI biochar certification using our online application system.
All biochar manufacturers that are seeking certification for thier biochar(s) must submit 1) a registration form and then 2) an application form.
(Note that in order to register, applicants are not required to be IBI members but are required to develop a profile in IBI's online system. All active IBI dues-paying members and contacts who receive IBI's monthly newsletter have an IBI profile. For applicants who do not have an existing profile in IBI's system, the registration form will create a profile).
During the registration and application review process, IBI will maintain the confidentiality of all materials submitted by biochar producers to IBI and will not disclose the name of any biochar/biochar producer that is under review. Upon approval of an application, IBI will share the name of the IBI CertifiedTM biochar and provide links to the website of the biochar producer on the IBI website. When contacted by interested parties with requests for further information about an IBI CertifiedTM biochar, IBI will first refer such inquiries to the biochar producer for a response. If the biochar producer does not respond to the request to provide the information within a time period that IBI considers, in its sole discretion, to be commercially reasonable, IBI will disclose all requested information, except that provided on the Non-Public IBI Feedstock Chain of Custody Form (see Required Documentation below) copying the biochar producer to any such disclosure.
There is no fee for biochar registration, but this is a required step for applicants.
The fee for submitting an application for IBI biochar certification is US$500 per biochar.
The following are requirements to submit a full application for IBI biochar certification.
Phase 1 of the IBI Biochar Certification Program is focused only on implementation in the United States and Canada. Until further notice, IBI will only accept applications from biochar manufacturers in the United States and Canada. IBI intends to expand the IBI Biochar Certification Program scope internationally in the future as resources permit.
Chain of custody and biochar traceability provide necessary assurances that adequate care and transparency has been exercised to enable trace-back of biochar from feedstock providers to biochar manufacturers through to end-users.
For certification approval, the IBI Feedstock Chain of Custody Form--an MS Excel file--must be downloaded and completed. The form accounts for all entities in the biochar production chain in order to be certified. Specifically, biochar manufacturers/applicants must list and provide contact information and signatures for all entities that handle the biochar throughout production (from feedstock provider through the thermochemical conversion).
Biochar manufacturers/applicants are required to have their biochar tested by an independent laboratory according to the IBI Biochar Standards. For application approval by IBI, required tests must have been completed within 60 days of submission of a completed application. A summary of the test categories follows:
Biochar manufacturers must request a Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) form from each laboratory used to test their product as part of the IBI Biochar Certification Program. Laboratories are free to use proprietary or self-generated QA/QC forms.
IBI does not prescribe production and handling expectations for biochar, but does recommend that current best industry practices be followed throughout the manufacturing and handling process. It is the responsibility of the biochar manufacturer to create biochar in a safe manner.
Local requirements and regulations for the operation of biochar production facilities must be followed. Where applicable, biochar production must comply with local and international regulatory requirements and treaties that govern thermal processes, the production of volatile and particulate emissions, and the transport of goods. Relevant to local and international regulatory compliance, biochar manufacturers should follow the two recommendations listed below:
IBI may not require these practices as part of its definition and certification of biochar since they do not relate directly to biochar quality, but they are important considerations in good business practice and responsible biochar production, transport and commerce. Most countries provide detailed guidelines, expectations and regulations governing the manufacturing sector and will have relevant information available to industrial operators.