Thank you for your interest in certifying your biochar.
Ensure you have completed ALL of the following activities before proceeding with this application:

  • Registered your biochar using IBI’s online form, Registration Form for Biochar Certification.  If not,  PLEASE DO NOT CONTINUE WITH THIS FORM.  First complete the registration form.
  • Read the most current version of the IBI Biochar Standards.
  • Read the IBI Biochar Certification Program:  Requirements and Procedures for Biochar Certification Program Manual.
  • Read the IBI Certified Biochar Seal:  Guidelines and Usage Requirements.
  • Have completed and are ready to supply (attach) copies of the following required documents:
    1. IBI Chain of Custody Form
    2. Copies of test results signed by the laboratory(ies)
    3. Quality Assurance/Quality Control form

 

APPLICATION FORM FOR IBI BIOCHAR CERTIFICATION

Applicant Information

Enter your product registration number (PRN). You can locate your PRN in the confirmation email you received after submitting your registration form.

Applicant Status

Check "Yes" in the following box if you are seeking IBI certification on biochar that has previously received IBI certification and that has undergone a
"material change" as specified in the IBI Biochar Standards.

Yes

Terms and Conditions for IBI Biochar Certification

As the person submitting this application for IBI Biochar Certification with the International Biochar Initiative, I acknowledge and adhere to IBI's terms and conditions of use. Additionally, if associated with an organization or company, I confirm that I am a person in a position to make decisions and sign contractual agreements on behalf of that organization or company.

I confirm I have reviewed the prerequisite documents, IBI Biochar Standards, IBI Biochar Certification Program: Requirements and Procedures for Biochar
Certification Program Manual, and IBI Certified Biochar Seal: Guidelines and Usage Requirements
and agree to the terms and requirements specified in these
documents. In summary, I agree to the following declarations:

I agree to the terms and conditions set forth in the IBI Biochar Standards, IBI Biochar Certification Program: Requirements and Procedures for Biochar Certification Program Manual, and IBI Certified Biochar Seal: Guidelines and Usage Requirements.

I have completed required testing of my biochar for IBI biochar certification as specified in the IBI Biochar Standards.

I am submitting true and accurate test information and results performed by trained and licensed laboratory professionals.

I have read and agree to use the IBI Certified biochar seal appropriately and as specified in the IBI Certified Biochar Seal: Guidelines and Usage Requirements.

I will not use the IBI Certified biochar seal on biochar that has not been approved for IBI certification.

I will not use the IBI Certified biochar seal beyond the valid dates of certification (12 months).

I certify that I am the original biochar manufacturer for the biochar for which I am seeking IBI biochar certification.

Biochar Identification

In the following section, please provide information regarding the feedstock composition of the biochar you wish to certify. Biochar feedstock may contain diluents, and
IBI requires you specify the percentage of diluents. To qualify as biochar feedstock under the IBI Biochar Standards the feedstock may be any combination of biomass
and diluents, but may not contain more than 2% by dry weight of contaminants (following Brinton 2000). Any diluents that constitute 10% or more by dry weight of the
feedstock material must be reported as a feedstock component on the final biochar label.

Please select and describe feedstock composition of the biochar for which you are seeking certification. You are allowed to enter information for up to (5) different types
of unprocessed and (3) different types of processed feedstocks. If you need to list more, please contact us at certification@biochar-international.org.
Please review feedstock descriptions in Appendix 4 and the following definitions of relevant terms in Appendix 6 - Glossary of the IBI Biochar
Standards:
Diluent/dilutant: Inorganic material that is deliberately mixed or inadvertently comingled with biomass feedstock prior to processing. These materials will not carbonize
in an equivalent fashion to the biomass. These materials include soils and common constituents of natural soils, such as clays and gravel that may be gathered with
biomass or intermixed through prior use of the feedstock biomass. Diluents/dilutants may be found in a diverse range of feedstocks, such as agricultural residues,
manures, and municipal solid wastes.
Contaminant: An undesirable material in a biochar material or biochar feedstock that compromises the quality or usefulness of the biochar or through its presence or
concentration causes an adverse effect on the natural environment or impairs human use of the environment. Contaminants include fossil fuels and fossil-fuel-derived
chemical compounds, glass, and metal objects.
Feedstock: The material undergoing the thermochemical process to create biochar. Feedstock material for biochar consists of biological material, but may also contain
diluents.
Unprocessed Feedstock: Biomass from the plant kingdom (or other non-animal taxa such as fungi and algae), grown in a clean, uncontaminated environment, that
may have gone through mechanical processing to change its physical properties (e.g., particle size), but has not gone through chemical processing or treatment, or
biological processing (e.g., digestion). (IBI, 2012)
Processed Feedstock: Biomass that has gone through chemical processing (for example, paper pulp sludge) or biological processing (for example, digestion, such as
manures and sludge from waste effluent treatment) beyond simple mechanical processing to modify physical properties. Because animals may bioaccumulate toxicants in
their tissues, all animal parts and products are considered to be Processed Feedstocks for purposes of these guidelines. Any biomass material that may have been grown
on soils contaminated with heavy metals or other toxicants will also be considered a Processed Feedstock for purposes of these guidelines. (IBI, 2012)

Unprocessed Feedstocks

1-Type of Unprocessed Feedstock 1-Description

1-% of Total Composition 1-Country of Origin


2-Type of Unprocessed Feedstock 2-Description

2-% of Total Composition 2-Country of Origin


3-Type of Unprocessed Feedstock 3-Description

3-% of Total Composition 3-Country of Origin


4-Type of Unprocessed Feedstock 4-Description

4-% of Total Composition 4-Country of Origin


5-Type of Unprocessed Feedstock 5-Description

5-% of Total Composition 5-Country of Origin


Processed Feedstocks

1-Type of Unprocessed Feedstock 1-Description

1-% of Total Composition 1-Country of Origin


2-Type of Unprocessed Feedstock 2-Description

2-% of Total Composition 2-Country of Origin


3-Type of Unprocessed Feedstock 3-Description

3-% of Total Composition 3-Country of Origin

A. COUNTRY WHERE THE BIOCHAR WAS PRODUCED

В. INTENDED COUNTRY(S) WHERE THE BIOCHAR WILL BE SOLD FOR USE

C. SPECIFICATIONS AND/OR REMARKS

Biochar Information - Test Results

Please key in your laboratory test results. Where applicable, select from the drop down lists. Otherwise, please enter exactly as provided by the laboratory(ies) who
conducted the tests. Please enter in the unit of measure specified.

In the next section, you will be required to upload a copy of your laboratory test results as an attachment (PDF).

From Test Category A: Basic Biochar Utility Properties (Required for all biochars)

Particle Size Distribution

Please provide your (4) test results for particle size. Note, your results for this section should total 100%.

From Test Category B: Biochar Toxicant Reporting (Required for all biochars)

From Test Category C: Biochar Advanced Analysis and Soil Enhancement Properties (Optional for all biochars)

* Total K is sufficiently equivalent to available K for the purpose of this characterization

Required Documentation

The following are required documents for IBI biochar certification renewal.

Please note: Only one file for each of the required documents may be uploaded. If you have multiple pages for each required document, these should be saved into a single PDF file prior to upload. For example, to upload laboratory tests from 3 different labs, save all pages of all 3 tests as a single PDF file and then upload.

Payment

The application fee for IBI biochar certification is $500.00 USD per biochar.
IBI accepts payment via credit card, PayPal, check, or bank transfer. After you enter your contact information on the following page and click SUBMIT you will be
directed to a new page that will collect your payment information.
To pay by check, select the "Send Check" payment option.
To pay by bank transfer, select the "Call in Payment" option on the following payment pages.
IMPORTANT: Regarding bank transfer payments, your bank may charge additional fees. IBI is not responsible for any surcharges from your bank. Please ensure full
payment is received by IBI.
Note, if you pay by check or bank transfer, your payment must be received within 8 business days to ensure application review by IBI in a timely fashion. Applications
cannot be reviewed until payment in full is received.
Once payment in full is received, IBI's goal is to complete review and respond regarding approval of your application within (10) business days of the date of receipt.

Fee 500