ISCC News 14.04.2016

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen,

We herewith inform you about the following updates in the ISCC System. Please ensure that all relevant members of staff are informed about the update accordingly.

1) ISCC fulfils SAI Silver and SAI Gold

New opportunities have emerged for ISCC System Users in the global food market. ISCC certified companies now have the opportunity to fulfil next to the SAI Silver level also the SAI Gold level. This is applicable on a global level. The SAI (Sustainable Agriculture Initiative) is a Platform of the food industry to assess and improve agricultural sustainability. SAI has developed the Farm Sustainability Assessment (FSA), which is used to benchmark existing codes and schemes against the SAI sustainability criteria.

Following a recent benchmark by the SAI Platform, the sustainability requirements of ISCC EU and ISCC PLUS have been determined as equivalent to FSA Silver level on a global basis. This allows ISCC certified system users around the world to sell all “ISCC COMPLIANT” products as "Equivalent to FSA 2.0 Silver".

Furthermore, ISCC has developed the voluntary Add-on “SAI Gold”, which can be applied on farm level. The Add-on ensures compliance with the FSA Gold level. This allows ISCC certified system users to sell all “ISCC COMPLIANT" products that also comply with the Add-on “SAI Gold” as "Equivalent to FSA 2.0 Gold".
For further information on the Add-on “SAI Gold“ please click here

The claim “ISCC COMPLIANT” assures that the whole supply chain up to the farm or plantation is ISCC certified. This means that ISCC Compliance is only given if the production of the raw material fulfils the ISCC sustainability requirements (see ISCC System Document 202 “Sustainability Requirements”). Material from other schemes recognised by the European Commission may be accepted under ISCC as “RED COMPLIANT” but not as “ISCC COMPLIANT”. For further information on claims please also see the ISCC System Update from 07 July 2015.

The compliance of ISCC with SAI opens new doors for ISCC System Users on a global level and enables them to access new markets with only one certification system.

2) New Version of ISCC EU System Document 202

ISCC has adjusted the ISCC EU System Document 202 “Sustainability Requirements for the Production of Biomass”. The adjusted document and a version highlighting all adjustments are available as download on the ISCC website.

A new audit procedure including the adjustments is available in the client section of the ISCC website (under “certification documents”).

The adjusted documents will enter into force with effect from 01st July 2016.

3) Update of ISCC EU List of Materials

ISCC has updated the list of materials eligible for certification under ISCC EU. A new product category for “Waste/residues from processing of vegetable or animal oil” has been included in Table 1 (Raw materials). Furthermore, the list of “intermediate goods” has been included in Table 2 (Intermediate and final products).

We herewith point out that System Users who are processing sustainable raw materials (as indicated in Table 1) into intermediate or final products (as indicated in Table 2) must be certified as conversion units.

4) Clarification: Collection of Municipal Solid Waste

Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) is a waste which is generated by private households. Private households do not have to complete self-declarations and are not subject to audits. The company receiving MSW from private households will be audited against the requirements for collecting points. If the collecting point is further processing the MSW the collecting point must also be certified as conversion unit. A certified collecting point may use external service providers for transporting (collecting) the MSW on their behalf. Transport does not need to be certified under ISCC. However, during the audit of such a collecting point, a list of all service providers must be available including the associated contractual agreements.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Kind regards,

Your ISCC Team

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