Work Item
ASTM WK75797

New Specification for Non-Floating Biodegradable Products in the Marine Environment

1. Scope

This specification covers non-floating polymeric materials and products that are designed to be biodegradable under aerobic marine environmental conditions in an open water column, in the event of inadvertent loss or leakage.


biodegradable; marine biodegradable; labeling; aerobic; marine environment


There is an industry need for a standardized approach to demonstrate product conformance for biodegradability in a marine environment. Currently, with no active ASTM specification standard, state and organizations are developing their own methods or prohibiting the use of terminology that implies biodegradation in a marine environment. The need to reestablish a specification standard in this area, with a cooperative industry approach, is critical. Users will include, academia, testing labs, government and industry manufacturing.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: D20.96

Committee: D20

Staff Manager: Alyson Fick

Work Item Status

Date Initiated: 02-08-2021

Technical Contact: Scott Wollack

Item: 001

Ballot: D20.96 (21-01)

Status: Will Reballot Item

Item: 001

Ballot: D20.96 (22-07)

Status: In Balloting