IBI - Guidelines for Biochar That Is Used in Soil

The European Biochar Certificate and IBI Guidelines for Biochar were developed independently since autumn 2009 (IBI) respective spring 2010 (EBC). The main differences lie in the fact that the EBC integrates an on-site control of sustainable production whereas the IBI is based on a voluntary testing of any produced biochar. The EBC is happy to collaborate stringently with the IBI on the harmonization of the two standards and on a common improvement in the light of new scientific results and best practice experiences. The IBI Guidelines are a splendid example for a democratic open source decision finding and as this an enlightening example for the EBC.

For a comparision of the EBC and IBI standard, please consult the following link.


The Standardized Product Definition and Product Testing Guidelines for Biochar That Is Used in
Soil provide a standardized definition of biochar and biochar characteristics related to the use of
biochar as a soil amendment. They have been developed by the International Biochar Initiative
(IBI) in collaboration with a wide variety of industry and academic experts and through public
input on an international level. The Standardized Product Definition and Product Testing
Guidelines for Biochar That Is Used in Soil were created to encourage further development of
the biochar industry by providing standardized information regarding the characterization of
biochar materials to assist in achieving more consistent levels of product quality. In addition to
providing product definition and qualitative specification guidelines, this document has been
developed to assist biochar producers in providing consumers with consistent access to credible
information regarding qualitative and physicochemical properties of biochar.

The Standardized Product Definition and Product Testing Guidelines for Biochar That Is Used in
Soil are designed to support an IBI certification program. Separately, the Guidelines are also
intended for use by various national and regional product standards bodies, and national and
regional biochar groups for their own local adaptation and use, and as a reference in regulatory
situations, as may be appropriate.

The Standardized Product Definition and Product Testing Guidelines for Biochar That Is Used in
Soil were developed as a means of providing information and market certainty about the
attributes of biochars for use in soil applications. Ultimately, the use and promotion of these
Guidelines will build consumer and regulatory confidence about biochar, through the provision
of consistent and reliable information regarding biochar properties. Biochar can be made from a
variety of feedstocks, using a variety of different production processes, and can possess many
different attributes. The consistent reporting of biochar properties will ensure that pertinent
information about biochars for use in soil applications is systematically communicated,
regardless of feedstock type, production process, or final properties.

IBI developed the Standardized Product Definition and Product Testing Guidelines for Biochar
That Is Used in Soil in a transparent process open to public participation, review, and input.
Throughout the development process IBI relied upon the drafting, review, and guidance of
experts in the field, ensuring an efficient path from concept to final product, and addressing the
needs of a broad range of commercial biochar producers and end users. As the document was
developed, public input from the larger international biochar community was continuously
sought to provide a wider perspective on the use and functionality of this tool.


The design of the Standardized Product Definition and Product Testing Guidelines for Biochar
That Is Used in Soil follows current best practices and available science. As biochar science
continues to improve, the Guidelines will be updated in an iterative process in order to remain
current. Therefore these Guidelines and this document will be periodically revised through
further consultation with the international biochar community.

Please find the complete IBI guidlines on the website of the IBI.