Open-Bio Workshop: EU Ecolabel for bio-based products

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Time: Tuesday 24 May 2016, 10:00 – 16:30

Venue: Koordinationsstelle der Wissenschaften, Rue du Trône 98, B-1050 Brussels

Open-Bio investigates how markets can be opened for bio-based products through standardization, labelling and procurement. Part of the Open-Bio project deals with the question of whether the EU Ecolabel can be extended to explicitly cover bio-based products, and if yes, how. The objective was to assess the suitability of ecolabel criteria for bio-based products or, in other words, to find out whether the existing criteria of ecolabels can be applied to bio-based products, whether there are conflicts of harmonization and whether additional criteria can or should to be added in order to adequately label bio-based products.

Product groups at the focal point of the analysis:

– Plant-oil based paints and varnishes

– Rinse-off cosmetics with bio-based ingredients

– Absorbent hygiene products

– Detergents

– Mulching films & other plastic agricultural equipment (plant clips etc.)

– Disposables for food

– Wood-plastic composites (WPC)

– Cellulosic fibres

– Bio-based solvents

This workshop is part of the Open-Bio project, funded by the European Commission’s 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development (

Participation is free of charge and is limited to 40 participants! Please register until 16th of May at

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