Accreditation is the process by which a certifying body's competency and legitimacy as a neutral third-party are independently evaluated.

Many of the programs for which we provide certification or verification services require independent accreditation, while others do not. In either case, SCS is committed to upholding the highest principles of excellence as a neutral third-party, ensuring that we have the training, understanding, and capabilities to carry out our responsibilities, and operate without conflicts of interest.

Our Accreditations

Assurance Services International (ASI)

  • The SCS Forest Conservation Program was accredited as a Certification Body for the Forest Stewardship Council's (FSC) Forest Management, Chain of Custody, and FSC Controlled Wood Certifications. Initial accreditation: February 1996.
  • SCS was accredited as a Certification Body for fisheries that meet the Marine Stewardship Council's (MSC) Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Fishing, and for Chain of Custody certification of operations that handle MSC-certified fish. Initial accreditation: January 2001.
  • SCS was accredited as a Certification Body to conduct Chain of Custody certifications of operations that handle farmed fish under the Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) Chain of Custody standard. Initial accreditation: April 2012.
  • SCS was accredited for the certification of farms that meet the requirements of the Aquaculture Stewardship Council's (ASC) Farm Standards for Abalone, Bivalve, Freshwater Trout, Pangasius, Salmon, Shrimp and Tilapia (worldwide). Initial accreditation: March 2014
  • SCS was the first Certification Body to achieve accreditation to certify the production of biomass, biofuels and other bio-based products worldwide under the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). Initial accreditation: November 2014
  • SCS was accredited as a Certification Body for the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil’s (RSPO) Supply Chain (SCCS) and Principles & Criteria (P&C) certifications, worldwide. Initial accreditation: January 2017 and November 2018, respectively. .
  • SCS was accredited as a Certification Body for the Sustainable Biomass Program’s (SBP) Supply Chain (SC) and Biomass Producer (BP) certifications, worldwide. Initial accreditation: December 2017.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

  • SCS was accredited as a Certification Body for the National Organic Program (NOP) to certify organic crops, wild crops and handling operations. Initial accreditation: April 2002.

ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB)

SCS was accredited as a Certification Body under ISO 17065, an international performance standard for third-party certification bodies, covering the following services:

  • Food safety auditing conducted on behalf of the Safe Quality Foods standards (SQF Code Edition 7). Initial accreditation: March 2009.
  • Wood and paper products chain-of-custody for the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC ST 2002:2013 Chain of Custody of Forest Based Products).  Initial accreditation: March 2009.
  • level®, a multi-attribute furniture Certification Program for BIFMA e3-2012 Sustainable Furniture Standard and FEMB Sustainability requirements for office and non-domestic furniture for indoor use.Initial accreditation: October 2010 and November 2018, respectively.
  • Food safety auditing conducted on behalf of GlobalG.A.P standards (crops base: fruit & vegetables, combinable crops), including Option 1 V4.0 (single and multi-sites), Option 2 V4.0 (groups), Mexico GAP V4.0, and Harmonized Produce Safety Standard V1.0 (HPSS). Initial accreditation: August 2011, December 2015, November 2012, and December 2015, respectively.
  • Indoor Air Quality for SCS' proprietary Indoor Advantage™ and Indoor Advantage™ Gold and FloorScore®. Initial accreditation: March 2009.
  • Auditing against the Responsible Wood Chain of Custody for Forest Products Certification. Initial accreditation: July 2016
  • Food safety auditing conducted on behalf of PrimusGFS, including Good Agricultural Practices (GAP), Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP), Food Safety Management Systems (FSMS) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) scopes. Initial accreditation: July 2016
  • Sustainable Agriculture for SCS’ proprietary Sustainably Grown™ and Sustainably Grown Veriflora® Standards. Initial accreditation: December 2016.
  • Auditing against Alaska Responsible Fisheries Management (RFM) Chain-of-Custody Standard, Version 2.4, November 2015. Initial accreditation: August 2017
  • Auditing against EPA TSCA Title VI on behalf of the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Title 40, Part 770 Formaldehyde Standard for Composite Wood Products, Third-Party Certification Program. Initial accreditation: March 2019
  • Auditing against the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Chain of Custody standard. Initial accreditation: March 2019
  • Auditing against the Equitable Food Initiative (EFI) Food Safety, Processing and Packing, and Social Standards. Initial Accreditation: January 2020.
  • Textile Exchange for the Recycled Claim Standard (RCS), Global Recycled Standard (GRS) and Responsible Wool Standard (RWS). Initial Accreditation: January 2020.

SCS was recognized by ANAB as an eligible Program Operator that develops Type III environmental programs and program declarations, and accredited as a verifier of Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) that meets ANAB accreditation program requirements, as well as the requirements of ISO17065, ISO 14025, ISO 21930, and ISO 14020. Initial accreditation: March 2015

SCS was recognized by ANAB as an eligible Eco-Labeling Certification Scheme Owner for Sustainably Grown, a Sustainable Agriculture Standard for Food and Fiber Crop Producers and Agricultural Product Handlers and Processors; and accredited as an Eco-Labeling Certification body, in accordance with the requirements of ISO 14020, ISO 14024 and ISO 17065. Initial accreditation: December 2016

SCS was accredited as a Verification Body under ISO 14065 and 14064-3 for Greenhouse Gas Validation and Verification, including the following programs. Initial accreditation: May 2009

  • The Climate Registry (TCR), General Verification Protocol;
  • Verified Carbon Standard (VCS);
  • Climate Action Reserve (CAR), Forest Verification Protocol;
  • The American Carbon Registry;
  • Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA)

SCS was accredited as a Certification Body under ISO 17021-1:2015 to conduct audits against the following standards:

  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Fiber Sourcing Standard, excluding Appendix 1. Initial Accreditation: December 2019.
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) Forest Management Standard. Initial Accreditation: February 2020.

Joint Accreditation System of Australia and New Zealand (JAS-ANZ)

SCS was accredited as a Certification Body to conduct audits against the following standards:

  • Responsible Wood Australian Standard® for Sustainable Forest Management (AS 4708‐2013). Initial accreditation: June 2017.
  • ISO 22000 for Food Safety Management Systems. Initial accreditation: July 2018
  • FSSC 22000 for food safety systems. Initial accreditation: June 2019

The California Air Resources Board (ARB)

  • SCS was accredited to verify carbon offset projects under the California Cap-and-Trade Program. Initial accreditation: February 2013.

Responsible Jewellery Council

  • SCS was accredited as a Conformity Assessment Body to conduct audits against RJC Code of Practices and Chain of Custody standards. Initial accreditation: April 2014.

Responsible Minerals Initiative (RMI)

  • SCS was approved as Auditing Firm to conduct audits against the Responsible Minerals Assurance Process (RMAP) . Initial approval: August 2017.

Rainforest Alliance (RA)

  • SCS was approved as a Certification Body to conduct audits against the Rainforest Alliance Sustainable Agriculture Standard for Farm and Supply Chain clients. Initial approval: April 2021