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Control Union Certifications accredited for SBP certification  

Netherlands-headed Control Union Certifications BV (CUC) has become the second Certification Body to be accredited by Germany-based Accreditation Services International GmbH (ASI) for Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) certification services. SBP is a certification system designed for woody biomass, mostly in the form of wood pellets and woodchips, used in industrial, large-scale energy production.

According to Carsten Huljus, CEO of Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP), the accreditation process introduces an important level of independent, third-party oversight, bringing SBP into line with other, well-recognised certification systems.

According to a statement, ASI, the appointed accreditation body for the SBP certification system, has undertaken a thorough assessment of the processes and procedures in place at CUC and is satisfied that the accreditation requirements for the SBP certification system have been met.

ASI is an assurance partner for leading voluntary sustainability standards and initiatives around the world. As a peer-evaluated, full member of the International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling Alliance (ISEAL Alliance), ASI operates a quality management system based on ISO/IEC 17011:2004 requirements for accreditation bodies.

The ASI accreditation process starts with a desk review of supporting documentation from the Certification Body and is followed by an on-site head office assessment. The last stage is a witness assessment of a Certification Body audit. A recommendation decision is then submitted to the ASI Accreditation Committee, with the final accreditation decision taken by the ASI Managing Director.

The accreditation process introduces an important level of independent, third-party oversight, bringing SBP into line with other, well-recognised certification systems. I congratulate Control Union Certifications on their achievement, said Carsten Huljus, Chief Executive Officer of SBP.

Certification Bodies must become accredited by ASI if they wish to provide SBP certification services to their clients and prospective clients from January 1, 2018. The requirement applies to all Certification Bodies, including those that are currently SBP-approved.

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