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DNV GL Business Assurance Finland accredited for SBP Certification

DNV GL Business Assurance Finland Oy Ab, a subsidiary or Norway-headed global quality assurance and risk management company Det Norske Veritas Group (DNV GL) has become the fourth 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.

ASI, the appointed accreditation body for the SBP certification system, has undertaken a thorough assessment of the processes and procedures in place at SCS 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.

I congratulate DNV GL Business Assurance Finland on their achievement. There are now four Certification Bodies accredited for SBP certification, representing a solid foundation for our ongoing work with ASI and that of delivering assurance of quality certification, said Carsten Huljus, Chief Executive Officer of SBP.

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