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 of the RSPO SCC certification

  1. PRELIMINARY INFORMATION

    – Company informs itself about the requirements of the RSPO SCC system

    – Company fills out the GFA RSPO SCC Questionnaire under Request Offer (see below).

    – If necessary, GFA obtains further information

    – GFA evaluates the information

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  2. OFFER & ORDER

    – Elaboration of a non-binding offer by GFA

    – If necessary clarification of open questions

    – Placing of the order by the company

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  3. IMPLEMENTATION

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

    – RSPO membership (mandatory)

    – Establishment of necessary processes

    – Establishment of responsible staff

    – Creation of a manual

    – Staff training

    – Creation of sample documents

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  4. MAIN AUDIT

    – Assessment of the RSPO SCC system by an Auditor from GFA

    – 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 deviations made by the company

    – Certification decision by the GFA

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  5. CERTIFICATE

    – Issuing and sending of the certificate

    – Registration of the certificate

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  6. ANNUAL MONITORING AUDIT

    – Annual assessment by an auditor

    – Company provides evidence

    – Certification decision by the 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 150 (Torge Petersen).

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.