The process to review the national standard for compost as managed by the BNQ (Bureau de normalisation du Qubec) is underway. The Composting Council of Canada requested this initiative in partnership with the Association qubcoise des industriels du compostage. The BNQ will establish a national multi-stakeholder committee to review the compost standard. In accordance with the direction of the Standards Council of Canada, representatives of consumer groups, regulators, facility operators and researchers will participate in the review.
The review — to commence this spring — will focus on the existing parameters of the standard (trace elements, maturity, pathogen control and foreign matter content) with the discussion centered on applicability in the context of current scientific research and findings.
A special section at the Council’s web site, www.compost.org, is being set up to communicate progress and activities related to this initiative.