- Become a Member of RSPO
Eligibility to undergo RSPO audits is limited to members of the RSPO. To become a member of RSPO, go to http://www.rspo.org/members/apply.
- Apply for Certification
Complete and submit the SCS Application form. SCS will then prepare a proposal for your approval with suggested scope of work, timeline and quote. If the proposal meets your needs you will sign a Work Order and the audit will be scheduled.
- Written Procedures
Create company procedures that demonstrate how certified palm oil products will be tracked throughout your operation. SCS provides guidance to help explain the Principles & Criteria (P&C) or Supply Chain Certification System (SCCS) requirements.
- Pre-Audit Assessment (Optional)
An SCS auditor will review your procedures for thoroughness and conformance. The auditor identifies areas for improvement in the procedures prior to the audit.
- Stakeholder Consultation (Required for P&C certification only)
At least 30 days prior to RSPO evaluations, SCS will send a written notification of the upcoming audit to interested parties, called stakeholders. Additionally, SCS will post a notification of the evaluation on the RSPO Assessment Progress website, in order to acquire outside input regarding the applicant’s management performance in relation to the RSPO standards.
- On-site Audit
During a site visit, an SCS auditor will review the P&C or SCCS procedures and documents (from receipt of inputs to the final sale). Additionally, the auditor will tour the operations where certified material is handled and interview key staff. We look for evidence that staff has been duly trained in the P&C or SCCS responsibilities that have been assigned to them and that staff possess an understanding of the workflow for certified products.
- Assessment Report
Based on audit findings, SCS produces an audit report. The audit report is submitted to a SCS Technical Associate who validates the appropriateness of the auditor's methodology and conclusions.
- Make Certification Decision
The Technical Associate decides whether to grant certification. If granted, you will be issued a certificate valid for a five-year period. Any conditional Major Corrective Action Requests (CARs) identified by SCS must be closed prior to obtaining certification.
- Maintain Certification
Annual surveillance audits are required to maintain P&C or SCCS certification. Certified companies and product offerings are listed on the official RSPO certificate holder database. Certified companies are granted permission to use trademarks for on-product and off-product applications in conformance with the appropriate trademark standard.