Legal Notice

The information on this web site on the Bio-based Industries Initiative is made available by the Bio-based Industries Consortium (herein after referred as “BIC”). This web site is subject to a disclaimer, a copyright notice and rules related to personal data protection.


BIC maintains the Bio-based Industries Initiative web site to enhance public access to information about its initiative and activities. Our goal is to keep this information timely and accurate. If errors are brought to our attention, we will try to correct them. However, BIC accepts no responsibility or liability whatsoever with regard to the information on its web site.

This information is:

  • of a general nature only and is not intended to address the specific circumstances of any particular individual or entity;
  • not necessarily comprehensive, complete, accurate or up to date;
  • sometimes linked to external sites over which the BIC has no control and for which the BIC assumes no responsibility;

If you need specific advice, you should always consult a suitably qualified professional.

Please note that it cannot be guaranteed that a document available on-line exactly reproduces an officially adopted text.

It is our goal to minimise disruption caused by technical errors. However some data or information on our site may have been created or structured in files or formats that are not error-free and we cannot guarantee that our service will not be interrupted or otherwise affected by such problems. BIC accepts no responsibility with regard to such problems incurred as a result of using this site or any linked external sites.

This disclaimer is not intended to limit the liability of the BIC in contravention of any requirements laid down in applicable national law nor to exclude its liability for matters which may not be excluded under that law.

Copyright notice

Reproduction is authorised, provided the source is acknowledged, save where otherwise stated.

Where prior permission must be obtained for the reproduction or use of textual and multimedia information (sound, images, software, etc.), such permission shall cancel the above-mentioned general permission and shall clearly indicate any restrictions on use.

Personal Data Protection and your privacy

BIC is committed to user privacy.

The policy on “protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data by the Community institutions” is based on Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 PDF[234 KB] of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2000. This general policy covers the European Union’s family of institutional Web Sites, within the EU domain.

Although you can browse through this web site without giving any information about yourself, in some cases, personal information is required in order to provide the information you request. In such a case, information is treated according to the policy described in the Regulation mentioned above and provide information about the use of your data in their specific privacy policy statements.

In this respect:

  • For each specific e-service, a controller determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data and ensures conformity of the specific e-service with the privacy policy;
  • A Data Protection Officer ensures that the provisions of the Regulation are applied and advises controllers on fulfilling their obligations (see art. 24 of the Regulation);
  • The European Data Protection Supervisor PDF[98 KB] will act as an independent supervisory authority (see art. 41 to 45 of the Regulation) and issues guidelines on specific themes in order to provide guidance in certain fields such as recruitment, processing of disciplinary data and video surveillance.

The BIC web site provides link to third party sites. Since we do not control them, we encourage you to review their privacy policies.

How do we treat e-mails you send us?

Many pages on the BIC web site have a button ‘keep in touch’, which suggests you to send your name, first name, e-mail address to a specific functional mailbox in order to receive updates about the Bio-based Industries Initiative. Moreover the contact page of the BIC web site allows you to send questions and comments to the BIC secretariat.

When you send these information, comments or questions, your personal data is collected only to the extent necessary to reply. If the management team of the mailbox is unable to answer your question, it will forward your e-mail to another service. You will be informed, via e-mail, about which service your question has been forwarded to.

If you have any questions about the processing of your e-mail and related personal data, do not hesitate to include them in your message.