Steps for certification

RSPO certification of the supply chain (SCC)

Background of RSPO certification

Palm oil is efficient. With a share of one third of total global consumption, palm oil is the most popular vegetable oil in the world. The advantages of RSPO certification are clear: As a certified company, you contribute to the use of responsibly produced palm oil and thus fulfil the wishes of many customers in addition to your own standards. GFA is officially entitled to carry out RSPO supply chain audits. This form of certification is aimed at all companies that endeavour to produce RSPO certified palm oil products or are part of the supply chain. Here you will find more information about background and procedures for RSPO certification by GFA Certification GmbH.

Way to RSPO certification

Companies interested in RSPO certification create internal procedures and processes to ensure the traceability of certified palm oil or its derivatives through production and processing. The effectiveness of the system is verified and confirmed by GFA Certification through a certification audit and then by annual monitoring audits . Your Company is entitled to sell RSPO certified products after successful certification.


Important steps to RSPO certification

  1. PRELIMINARY INFORMATION

    – Company collects information about the requirements for RSPO certification
    – Company fills out the GFA Questionnaire under Request Proposal (see below).
    – If necessary, GFA requests further information
    – GFA evaluates the information

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  2. PROPOSAL AND ORDER

    – Elaboration of a non-binding certification proposal by GFA
    – If necessary clarification of open questions
    – Acceptance of the certification proposal by the company

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  3. IMPLEMENTATION

    Implementation of the RSPO SCC requirements by the company, for example

    – Company becomes member of RSPO (mandatory for certification)
    – Establishment of necessary procedures and processes
    – Nomination of responsible staff
    – Creation of a RSPO SCC manual
    – Staff training
    – Creation of sample documents

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  4. MAIN AUDIT

    Assessment of the RSPO SCC system by a GFA auditor

    – Verification of documented procedures
    – Inspection of the on-site operations
    – Meeting with company management
    – Staff meetings with responsible staff
    – Creation of the audit report by the auditor
    – Correction of identified non-conformities by the company
    – Certification decision by GFA

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  5. CERTIFICATE

    – Issuing of the certificate
    – Registration of the certificate

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  6. ANNUAL SURVEILLANCE AUDIT

    – Annual assessment by a GFA auditor
    – Company provides evidence for compliance
    – Certification decision by GFA

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  7. RE-CERTIFICATION AUDIT

    – Takes place a few weeks prior to expiry of the certificate period (5 years)
    – New certification contract is concluded
    – New audit by GFA

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For more information download our PDF documents listed in the side bar or contact us directly via the contact form or under 0049 40 5247431 135 (Felix Konsemüller).

Costs of RSPO certification

Certification of companies according to the requirements of RSPO is not a set system with predictable fixed prices. The costs involved depend on the duration of the audit which in turn is dependent on the intended scope of the certificate as well as the complexity of business processes.

Use the link “Request Proposal” and receive a free and non-binding offer, which is tailored to your needs.

You can also find more information under www.rspo.org.