The Biochar Quality Mandate (BQM) aims to assist in the production of quality biochar that can  be  used in UK soils without any risks and/or detrimental effects to human health and the environment.

It was written as part of the “Biochar Risk Assessment Framework” (BRAF), a project funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation, with a contribution from the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Expert advice and inputs have been provided by the Environment Agency, Waste & Resources Action Programme (WRAP), Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA), Rothamsted Research, the James Hutton Institute, the University of Newcastle, the UK Biochar Research Centre (University of Edinburgh) and the British Biochar Foundation.

The current BQM draft is now published for public consultation on a range of websites and will last for a period of one month. You can find the full version of BQM in the following link:

BQM V 1.0 version for public consultation

Comments are invited from organisations or individuals and improvements and possible amendments or additions are all welcomed.

You can write your comments in the comment section of this post, or send them to the following email addresses:

The core writing team will respond to all comments received, either accepting the suggestion or providing an explanation where the proposed change was not accepted.

Thanks a lot for your interest and we hope to hear from you soon.

Warmest Regards

Darren Hopkins