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 receice swift product approval and market access.