Due to the rising public concerns about per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in packaging, especially food packaging, European Bioplastics has decided to ensure that products and materials certified with the Seedling logo do not contain any of these substances, nor that PFAS have been used during the production process.

From now on, all certificate holders will have to submit a self-declaration confirming that no PFAS were intentionally added to the certified product or material, nor have been used during the production process. This self-declaration must be submitted by 31 December 2022, at the latest. Otherwise, the validity of the certification will be suspended until the declaration has been provided. The certification bodies are required to check the safety data sheets (SDS) for compliance.

For any new applicants for the Seedling Logo, this applies immediately as of 12 October 2021.

A pre-printed form for the self-declaration will be provided by the certification bodies. Certificate holders and applicants are asked to reach out to the respective certification body for clarifications in case of any questions.