Notice that Application Meets Initial Criteria / Application ID: xxxx
January 24, 2014
Thank you for applying to the United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA’s) BioPreferred® Program. Your application for biobased product certification meets the initial criteria.
The next step in the process is to have your product certified through the ASTM stage of the process.
Unfortunately, as of January 21, 2014, full processing of label applications (third-party biocontent testing and final certification) is on hold. It cannot take place until new funding contained in pending Farm Bill legislation is received by the USDA program office. This may take anywhere from 4-8 weeks from the date above. The BioPreferred Program will notify applicants via email as soon as funds become available. Applications will be processed in the order in which they have been initiated.
An overview of the product certification process is available here. It is recommended that you do not move forward with biocontent testing at this time because those product test results will not be eligible for certification once it is re-initiated. All steps in this process need to be completed in sequential order to preserve the integrity of the program. Please keep this notification for your records.
If you have additional questions, you may contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your patience and understanding.