United States Department of Agriculture

Applying for Certification

Manufacturers and distributors of biobased products, as well as entities who incorporate these materials into another product, may apply for the USDA Certified Biobased Product label. An overview of the application process is available for download here.

To apply for a label for a product:

  1. Request a Level 1 USDA eAuthentication Account

    If you do not already have one, you must create a Level 1 eAuthentication user ID and password, which provides a proven security process for accessing the BioPreferred program’s Company Tools. To do so, click Create eAuthentication Account and under "USDA Customers," click on "Request Level 1 Access."
  2. Enter Company and Product Information

    Once you have created an eAuthentication account, click on the above Tools tab to login to Company Tools and to begin entering company and qualified product information, initiate an application for the USDA Certified Biobased Product label, download labels for certified products, and complete other functions.

A tutorial for Company Tools is available for download here.

Applicants should not test their products for biobased content via ASTM D6866 until after they have been advised to do so. Results from biobased content testing that are conducted outside of the certification process will not be considered valid for certification applications.