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CEN/TC 411

Bio-based products



Reference CEN/TS 16766:2015
Title Bio-based solvents - Requirements and test methods
Work Item Number 00411007
Abstract/Scope This Technical Specification sets requirements for bio-based solvents in terms of properties, limits, application classes and test methods. It lays down the characteristics and details for assessment of bio-based solvents: - fit for purpose in terms of performance related properties; - comply with the requirements regarding the health, safety and environment which apply to general solvents; - are derived from a certain minimum percentage of biomass; and - comply with at least similar sustainability criteria as comparable (regular) solvents. The criteria of the Regulation for Environmental Assessment of Chemicals (REACH) [2] are included in the discussions that have led to this Technical Specification. NOTE EN 16575 defines the term “bio-based” as derived from biomass and clarifies that “bio-based” does not imply “biodegradable”. In addition, “biodegradable” does not necessarily imply the use of “bio-based” material.
Reference Document
date of Availability (DAV) 2015-03-25
ICS 87.060.30 - Solvents
Special National Condition(s)  


Mandate(s) M/491
Citation in OJEU  

Implementation Dates

date of Ratification (DOR) (1) 2014-11-25
date of Availability (DAV) (2) 2015-03-25
date of Announcement (DOA) (3) 2015-06-30
date of Publication (DOP) (4)
date of Withdrawal (DOW) (5)


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