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November 18, 2016

RSB Announces Revision Of Principles & Criteria

Kathleen M Roberts

On November 8, 2016, the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB) announced its members voted unanimously to publish revised Principles & Criteria that streamline the requirements and make them more user-friendly. The decision was announced at the Annual Assembly of Delegates meeting in Hanoi, Vietnam.
RSB stated the amendments will offer:

A new user-friendly format, enabling easy understanding of how to apply the standard; 
Streamlined and clear impact assessment requirements;
Integration of the GHG calculation requirement with other available measurement tools;
A new approach to measure GHG emissions from forestry operations;
A new requirement that provides a grievance mechanism for workers and local communities; and
? The addition of an integrated pest management requirement.
The RSB Standard is considered a trusted certification by many U.S. and European regulatory agencies, as it verifies that biomaterials are ethical, sustainable, and credibly-sourced.  As a result, the independent multi-stakeholder collective claims, RSC-certified products receive swift product approval and market access.