QA-CER recycled content assures the quality system related to the recycling process and use of recycled materials. Both the recycled content and the quality of the end product are addressed in order to support the principle of sustainability.

Recycled content

plastic bottlesRecycled content refers to the fact that a product contains recycled material. Recycling is an essential part of circular economy. The circular economy model is rooted in the notion that our planet provides us with a limited amount of resources. Due to increasing economic activities and an increasing demand for materials our familiar linear economic model is no longer sustainable. Therefore a shift towards a circular economic model is urgently needed. Such a model is based on keeping materials and products continuously in the economy. Repair, reuse and recycling will be essential elements of this economic model and be part of the business models of companies.

Let there be no mistake, the circular economy presents a major challenge to companies but it also offers major opportunities. Thousand companies are looking for ways to make more sustainable products by using recycled materials in their products. These companies are seeking ways to communicate their efforts in a way that is transparent and creates trust. This is exactly the aim of our initiative on QA-CER Recycled Content


QA-CER recycled content is intended to create trust when companies, working with polymers, communicate on the amount and nature of the recycled content in their products.

QA-CER recycled content is a international, independent, third party system certification based on ISO 9001 principles including chain of custody. It goes beyond ISO 14021 in the fact that it identifies all possible waste streams that can be recycled and present so-doing an all comprehensive system.

Consumers are increasingly interested in sustainable products and are more and more conscious and demanding in their purchases. Manufacturers should actively face these growing demands. Also end-users, such as governmental agencies through their purchases, are seeking ways to contribute to the transformation of the linear into a circular economy.

Consumers and large purchasers such as governments will find in QA-CER recycled content certified companies a trustworthy partner with identical sustainable objectives.

What does QA-CER recycled content mean?

A company certified according to QA-CER recycled content proves to independent expert auditors that it has put in place a control system for their production facilities allowing them to determine the recycled content of their products. These companies need to prove this capability on a continuous basis to independent auditors.
In the event an independent auditor notes major inconsistencies during his or her audit and if the company fails to remediate this inconsistency in a short time interval, the certification will be withdrawn and the company will no longer be allowed to make reference to QA-CER recycled content.

In short, QA-CER recycled content offers

  • the possibility to build a relationship between companies and clients based on trust when it comes to recycled content
  • a tool to companies to show their efforts and ambitions to add value to the circular economy by using recycled content in their products
  • a tool to consumers to make decided choices and to contribute as such to a circular economy

bqa logoAbout BQA

BQA is a ISO 17021 certified company located in Gent, Belgium. Since 1993 it offers certification of ISO 9001, ISO 14001 and several other system certification services. It has a large client base in several sectors such as textiles, plastic processing

logo ellen MacArthurQA-CER recycled content scheme reported as Pilot Project Ellen MacArthur Foundation

Ellen MacArthur Foundation was founded in 2010 and aims to accelerate transition to a circular economy. This foundation has become a worldwide recognized knowledge center for this theme. To this end, the organization works with philanthropic and knowledge partners from the private and public sectors.

Each year, the organization selects valuable projects that it thinks they can contribute to the circular economy. The 6 criteria that such a project must meet are:

  • Passes in the circular character of the new economy
  • Contribute to cooperation and involve extra parties in the circular economy
  • Provide useful information that may lead to improvements in the use of recycled materials in products
  • Be sufficiently mature
  • Have sufficient focus

BQA is pleased that the Ellen MacArthur Foundation has recovered these valuable elements in QA-CER recycled content and expects this selection to be positive on the scheme itself and to you who endorse this scheme.


PolyCert Europe is the umbrella technical platform for harmonising existing certification schemes for converters of polymeric materials in Europe.

The European converters of polymeric material are moving towards a circular economy. With the establishment of the MORE platform registering the use of plastic recyclate in new products, the industry demonstrates its commitment to reach the target of the European Commission of 10 million tonnes of recycled polymers reused annually by 2025 and 2030.

​To reinforce this strong commitment, PolyCert Europe was established to facilitate the verification and auditing of the volumes reported into the MORE platform. Such auditing work must by definition be done by a third party auditing system based on a network of accreditation certification bodies and independent auditors to ensure impartiality.

​The objective of PolyCert Europe is to provide quality certification and verification of recycled content in converted products.