SGS Gains Full Accredited Cab Status for its RSPO Certification Programme
The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has appointed Accreditation Services International (ASI) to manage and implement the accreditation programme of its Certification Scheme. The appointment of ASI further advances the integrity of its certification process. All RSPO approved Certification Bodies (CB) that operate under the RSPO certification scheme for both Principles & Criteria and Supply Chain certification, must follow procedures and the timeline to achieve full accreditation.
Certification Bodies who have yet to achieve full accreditation by ASI, are not permitted to conduct new certification/recertification assessments for RSPO Principles & Criteria, or Supply Chain. On 24 May 2104, SGS under its main certifying affiliate, SGS (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd, was granted RSPO Accreditation for both RSPO Principles & Criteria and RSPO Supply Chain Certification Systems worldwide. The certificate will remain valid for five years.
RSPO also confirmed that SGS (Malaysia) Sdn. Bhd. has auditors assessing against RSPO-RED scheme requirements. The ‘RSPO-RED Requirements for compliance with the EU Renewable Energy Directive requirements’ (also referred to as RSPO-RED requirements or RSPO-RED scheme) have been designed as a voluntary add-on to the RSPO standard. The RSPO-RED scheme allows palm oil producers and processors, under certain conditions, to comply with requirements in the EU Directive 2009/28/EC on the promotion of the use of energy from renewable sources. This Directive (commonly referred to as ‘EU-RED’) specifies sustainability requirements for biofuels and bioliquids in the European Union.
UPDATE March 3, 2016: SGS held RSPO accreditation from May 24, 2014 to December 31, 2015. The accreditation ceased after that period.