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China Solicits Opinions on Draft Biodegradable Voluntary National Standards

May 20, 2021

China State Administration for Market Regulation (SAMR) requested comments on two Voluntary National Standards concerning biodegradable materials. The first standard, Biodegradable drinking straws, covers “biodegradable resins including polylactic acid (PLA), polybutylene succinate (PBS), polybutylene adipate terephthalate (PBAT), polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), polycaprolactone (PCL), paper, and other natural polymer materials used as raw materials for preparing drinking straws.” The second standard, Degradability and identification requirements of biodegradable materials and products, stipulates the content of text identification and provided the graphic logo of biodegradable materials and products.

The announcement concerning the draft voluntary national standards, issued April 29, 2021, can be viewed here (in Chinese). Comments are due by May 31, 2021.