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Overview

The Certified Biostumulant Program is a voluntary evidence-based program that awards companies a label indicating that their product meets industry recognized standards for efficacy testing methods, composition, and safety. The program is based on the United States Biostimulant Industry Guidelines, which provides criteria for the proper documentation of evidence to support efficacy testing methods, composition, and safety.

The program provides several benefits for manufacturers, ag retailers, and growers.

 

The program has officially launched, and you can view a presentation with more details here.

For guidance selecting biological lab methods and tips on overcoming testing challenges, click here.

Products that are approved will be provided a label for companies to utilize on their plant biostimulant products, which can be helpful for consumer branding and ag retailers' confidence. Overall, the Certified Biostimulant Program provides a valuable industry-driven initiative to promote the safe and effective use of biostimulant products in agriculture. The program's focus on efficacy testing methods, composition, and safety to provide confidence to stakeholders and supports the continued development of sustainable agriculture practices.

Program Value 

  • Manufacturers demonstrate conformance with fair and equitable voluntary standards to demonstrate products meet efficacy, composition, and safety attributes
  • Manufacturers demonstrate conformance with fair and equitable voluntary standards to demonstrate products meet efficacy, composition, and safety attributes
  • Provides a single uniform application for use by all 50 state registration programs (several states may require additional information that will be included in later updates to the web portal, as appropriate)
  • Enables ag retailers to assess products more confidently for shelf space, assists in the selection of products for investing in further independent field trials, and ultimately grower recommendation
  • Provides retail and grower confidence in product compliance with an industry program seal (e.g. Adjuvant Certifiecation, etc.)

 

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Fees

There will be two fees to participate – an application submittal fee and a renewal fee. The renewal fee occurs every 2 years after the initial application is submitted.

Members:

  • Application fee: $1,800 USD/product
  • Renewal fee (every 2 years; no changes to product): $750 USD/product
  • If there are any changes to the product, rather than a renewal, the company must re-submit the product Application and Application Fee ($1,800 USD).

Non-Members:

  • Application fee: $5,500 USD/product
  • Renewal fee (no changes to product) $1,500 USD/product
  • If there are any changes to the product, rather than a renewal, the company must re-submit the product Application and Application Fee ($5,500 USD).

The certification identification will list a 6 year expiration date. There are to be attestations from biostmulant manufacturers on product claims and formulation changes every two years. Modifications to product active ingredients constitute a formulation change. Any reported changes will suspend the current certificaiton until a new application is submitted and approved.

Do Private labels also have to be certified? The definition of a private label are products manufactured by one company (the manufacturer) but sold under the brand name of another company (the retailer). As such, manufacturers, retailers, or the distributor of the private label product shall obtain a certification award for each private product label The fee for this type of product certification will be $750 every two years for members and $1,500 every two years for non-members. The cost can be covered by the manufacturer or the company marketing the product under a private label.

Can a manufacturer or retailer use a certified plant biostimulant ingredient to certify other products they sell? It is possible to use certification for an ingredient from a single manufacturer for other products with a higher per acre application rate. However, to certify multiple products with the same ingredient the product must 1) have identical claims, 2) provide data to support the recommended application dose, and 3) have no other ingredient changes in the product. This approach allows for flexibility in formulating products using the same certified biostimulant ingredient. For example, if a certified plant biostimulant product has been assigned an identification number, it may be permissible to use that certification for other product labels with the same or higher per acre application rate of the same biostimulant. Applicants should specify changes in application rates that correspond to changes in the biostimulant ingredient concentration and provide an explanation for application rate changes. All other ingredients must remain the same. However, a separate certification application must be provided for each product for evaluation and approval by TFI. The fee for this type of product certification will be $750 every two years for members and $1,500 every two years for non-members.


Get Certified

If you are interested in learning more about the certification program or would like to request a copy of the application, please contact Bethany Murphy at [email protected].